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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2013

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IDOT, ISP, State Farm and Grey Eagle Distributors Partner to Reinforce Teen Safe Driving to Help Save Lives

More Than 1,400 Teen Drivers Engaged in “Drive for Tomorrow” Training and Activities

COLLINSVILLE – Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials today joined representatives from the Illinois State Police, State Farm Insurance Company and Grey Eagle Distributors to launch the “Drive for Tomorrow” program at the Collinsville Gateway Center. “Drive for Tomorrow” is geared toward saving lives on Illinois roads and provides important hands-on safety activities for area high school driver’s education students.

“IDOT and our many partners on this initiative recognize the importance of teaching our driver’s education students strong safe driving lessons that will follow them throughout their lives,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “Crash data confirms early hands-on education for student drivers leads to fewer accidents and injuries in the future. We are confident the simulated road hazard experiences at this event will help more young drivers understand the dangers and practice their reactions in simulations to prevent an unfortunate crash and save lives.”

The “Drive for Tomorrow” program replicates the successful “Williamson County Traffic Safety Days.” The goal of the four-day event, involving students from 10 area high schools, is to teach students about the hazards of alcohol and drugs, impaired and distracted driving, excessive speed and the importance of seat belt use, all of which affect teen drivers. Training is structured like a typical school day, dividing students into six groups that rotate and attend various safety sessions throughout the day.

In addition to students learning about work zone safety, motorcycle awareness and distracted driving, they also participate in hands-on activities such as the “Seat Belt Convincer” and “Roll-Over Simulator,” and drive through golf cart courses wearing Fatal Vision Goggles that simulate the effects of alcohol impairment. Taught by industry professionals, students experience real-life road dangers without the risks involved on the roadways when they are driving.

“Drive for Tomorrow” is provided at no cost to participating schools as a result of sponsorship from local business and corporate sponsors, including: State Farm Insurance Company, Grey Eagle Distributing, Gateway Center, Jack Schmitt Ford, Henderson Trucking, Petroff Towing, Terminal Railroad Police, Great West Casualty Company, and Frieze Harley Davidson.
 

 

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