Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council recently presented McDonald’s Corporation with the Excellence in Highway Safety award for its efforts in educating teen drivers and reducing teen motor vehicle fatalities. More than 6,000 teens die in motor vehicle crashes annually. Through its generous donation, McDonald’s Corporation makes it possible for the Oak Brook Police Department to train local high school students in the council’s Alive at 25 program. Since 2008, this partnership has helped more than 2,200 teens learn how make smart choices behind the wheel.
Alive at 25 has been offered by NSC since 1995 and is delivered to teens across the country. The program assists young drivers through classroom exercises, media segments, role playing and group discussions. This course focuses on promoting good decision making skills and explores how changing driving behavior lessens crash risk.
“It is wonderful to see McDonald’s Corporation recognized for its role in making Alive at 25 available to teens in our community. As instructors and members of law enforcement, our officers see firsthand the positive impact this program is having. Through Alive at 25, McDonald’s is helping to keep teens and others on Illinois roadways safe,” said Thomas Sheahan, chief of police at the Oak Brook Police Department.
“Safety is a community issue involving many stakeholders. The leadership McDonald’s Corporation is showing in Oak Brook is commendable. We hope more organizations will follow suit and address safety issues specific to their communities,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.
The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.