Allstate Launches Teen Safe Driving Challenge to Support STANDUP Act
According to Allstate.com, eleven teenagers are killed in an auto accident every day and distracted driving is a factor 25 percent of the time. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, nearly one in four Texas auto accidents is the result of distracted driving.
Driver distraction from mobile devices is becoming a nationwide problem causing 330,000 injuries each year. To tackles this growing problem, Allstate Insurance has launched the Safe Driving Challenge to help teens take safety seriously and avoid activities that cause distracted driving.
Allstate to Visit 23 Cities, Dallas, Texas, Included
The company-sponsored program plans to visit 23 U.S. cities this summer, including both Houston and Dallas, Texas, to deliver practical, hands-on experience to teen drivers. As a way to generate support for the Safe Teen and Novice Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act (legislation designed to help new drivers gain experience gradually under safer, more supervised conditions) teens will be challenged to drive a closed course while texting, talking on the phone and coping with rowdy riders-all without hitting obstacles or swerving off the path.
"Programs like Allstate's Safe Driving Challenge help elevate the national conversation on traffic safety, educate Americans about the dangers of risky driving behaviors and prepare our youngest drivers as they get behind the wheel," says Joan Walker, executive vice president of corporate relations at Allstate. "The driving conversation often starts at home, but parents can't always be with their teen on the road. That's why Allstate supports the STANDUP Act which will help eliminate distractions and gradually introduce our most inexperienced drivers to a safer driving experience."
According to a recent Allstate Foundation survey, 74 percent of teens support the graduated driver licensing provisions of the STANDUP Act, including a conditional license at age 16, with nighttime and passenger restrictions, and cell phone and texting bans until the age of 18. National evaluations expect graduated driver licensing to reduce accidents for 16 and 17 year-old drivers by up to 40 percent.
Allstate's Safe Driving Challenge will include 23 stops:
- June 16: Tampa, Florida
- June 20: Atlanta, Georgia
- June 23: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- June 27: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- July 6: Roanoke, Virginia
- July 8: Baltimore, Maryland
- July 12: Long Island, New York
- July 14: Charlotte, North Carolina
- July 18: Indianapolis, Indiana
- July 21: Springfield, Illinois
- July 26: Minneapolis, Minnesota
- July 29: Omaha, Nebraska
- Aug. 2: Memphis, Tennessee
- Aug. 4: Pensacola, Florida
- Aug. 9: New Orleans, Louisiana
- Aug. 16: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Aug. 19: Denver, Colorado
- Aug. 24: Fresno, California
- Aug. 26: San Francisco, California
- Aug. 30: Anchorage, Alaska
- Sept. 7: Dallas, Texas
- Sept. 9: Houston, Texas
- Sept. 15: Seattle, Washington