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Itasca, Ill – Fatal car crashes among 15-to-17 year olds in states with Teen Safe Driving Coalitions have dropped 34 percent in the last four years while deaths in states without coalitions declined just 19.5 percent. The Coalitions, established in 2011 by the National Safety Council (NSC) and The Allstate Foundation, are located in California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. Each is comprised of traffic safety professionals, parents, legislators, business leaders and representatives from the nonprofit sector, who are dedicated to reducing the number of teen driving related crashes in their state.
"The Teen Safe Driving Coalitions are integral to the proven life-saving model of good education, good laws and good enforcement," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "We are encouraged by the significant reductions in deaths and injuries in the Coalition states, but we know our work is far from over. NSC is excited to continue partnering with The Allstate Foundation to not just reduce teen driving deaths, but eliminate them."
The Coalitions have reached more than 1.6 million people through rallies, school programs, speaking engagements and other events. Some of the programs include:
"The Coalitions have saved thousands of lives by educating the public on the real risks to teen drivers," said Steve Sorenson, executive vice president of product operations at Allstate. "Our partnership with NSC to create this movement helped legislators pass stronger laws, encouraged parents to drive more often with their new drivers, and made teens more comfortable speaking up in dangerous situations. Teens are safer, better drivers because of the Teen Safe Driving Coalitions."
Since 2010, The Allstate Foundation has supported NSC with more than $4.2 million in funding for Coalition efforts and parent education initiatives. This includes additional support to launch DriveitHOME.org, a teen driving resource designed to help parents coach their new teen drivers.
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.
About The Allstate Foundation
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people's lives. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.
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