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State Farm®, Safe Kids & Hackensack University Medical Center Celebrate Teen Driving

New Jersey (September 13, 2012) – One way community partners in Bergen County will help teens "Celebrate My Drive" is by providing four high schools with the Pennsylvania Safety SIMulator presentation. Through a partnership with Hackensack University Hospital's Trauma Unit, Bergen County Safe Kids and State Farm, the Safety SIMulator will help teens learn how to drive safely under many diverse and adverse conditions, including snow, fog and heavy traffic. Training on the SIMulator will help teens gain confidence in their ability as a driver and develop an appreciation for safety.

As a part of the "Celebrate My Drive" initiative, State Farm presented the University with a $5,000 grant to make this program available to local high schools. This program will be offered in conjunction with the Trauma Unit's High School Traffic Safety Challenge (Seatbelt Competition) that has been established in Bergen County since 2003. This program focuses on promoting seatbelt use but also includes distracted/drinking & driving education and making the right choices behind the wheel and as a passenger. The four schools with the lowest use of seatbelts from Spring 2012 Challenge will be the recipients of the Safety Simulator presentation. They will receive this presentation during the Fall 2012 Challenge after the 1st unannounced seatbelt check and before the 2nd unannounced seatbelt check.

State Farm agents were on hand to present the grant and wish the Trauma Unit well as they embark on educating students on rules for safety.