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Vanessa Williams Urges Parents and Teens to Give Each Other the Ultimate Holiday Gift an “Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract” : “Ugly Betty” Star and Her Teenage Son Sign a Driving Contract, Launching Allstate’s National Home for the Holidays Teen Safe Driving Campaign


NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 2, 2008

They’re giving each other a conversation and a promise. And best of all, it’s free.

With Devin on the verge of getting his learner’s permit, Ms. Williams and her son are signing an Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract before he gets behind the wheel. Based on conversations they had at home, their contract lays out expectations for smart driving decisions, and consequences if those expectations are not met.

It’s a conversation Ms. Williams and Allstate hope all parents and their teens have this holiday season.

“As a mother of two older daughters, I’ve given them the car keys and worried whether they would make it home safe. The fact is that our teens are more likely to die in a car crash than from anything else, so having the safe driving talk with your teen is just as important as talking about drugs and sex,” Williams said. “As the holidays arrive, parents and teens should use the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract as way to begin a conversation that can be a gift of life.”

Vanessa and Devin signed their contract in New York City today, publicly launching Allstate’s national Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign.

Through its national Parent-Teen Driving Contract Sign Up Drive, Allstate encourages parents and teens to begin a conversation with their teens about safe driving by completing the interactive contract online at http://www.allstate.com/teen. By completing and signing a contract, parents can help ensure their teens return home safely for the holidays and every day.

With car crashes the leading cause of death for American teens, it’s a vital conversation for parents and teens especially this time of year. Teens have an increased chance of getting into an accident around the holidays. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, last December alone, nearly 400 teens died in car crashes across the United States. Many of these crashes could have been avoided with a simple conversation at home.

“By putting the contract in as many parent’s hands as possible, we hope to inspire them to give their teen the most important gift of all the safe driving talk,” said Vicky Dinges, Assistant Vice President of Public Social Responsibility for Allstate. “Signing the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract is the first step to making a commitment between parents and teens that they aren’t going to let themselves become a statistic.”

As part of the campaign, Allstate is also conducting contract signings with other prominent parents and their teens in cities across the country, hoping that more parents and teens heed this important call. This is part of Allstate’s tradition of public advocacy aimed at reducing the number of teens killed on America’s roads each year.

“As a company dedicated to reinventing protection and retirement for American families, doing whatever we can to avert the tragedy of losing a child is something we must take on,” Dinges said.

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About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate

Allstate Insurance Company Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study Reveals Areas with Highest Rates of Deadly Teen Crashes from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day : Study part of Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign to urge parents and teens to have a conversation about smart driving during the holiday season and sign Allstate’s Parent-Teen Driving Contract


NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 3, 2008

The Allstate Holiday Teen Driving Hotspots Study found that the 10 deadliest hotspots for fatal teen crashes among the nation’s 50 largest metro areas (a central city and its surrounding counties) from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day are:

Teachers Driving Web 2.0 Use in Schools Says National Research Survey

Bakersfield, Calif. and Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) April 6, 2009

While many stakeholders are involved in developing policies on the use of Web 2.0 technologies in K-12 education, new research suggests that teachers are the most important group driving adoption. This is a major finding from a national research survey of more than 500 district technology directors. The survey was commissioned by Lightspeed Systems Inc., a leader in network security and management software for schools, and Thinkronize Inc., creator of netTrekker, America’s number one educational search tool, with support from Atomic Learning.

There is a persistent gap between how today’s “digital” kids learn in school and how they work and interact outside of school, a trend that underscores the critical need for districts to keep pace with technological advances and adapt to students’ learning needs. Education leaders are challenged with maintaining a high level of security and safety while allowing for creative and collaborative work in a 21st century classroom. To meet this challenge, Lightspeed Systems and netTrekker developed Safe Schools in a Web 2.0 World, an ongoing initiative to help schools implement Web 2.0 technologies safely and effectively to improve teaching and learning.

In the first part of the initiative, Interactive Educational Systems Design Inc. (IESD), an independent educational research firm, conducted the “National Online Survey of District Technology Directors Exploring District Use of Web 2.0 Technologies” in February and March 2009 to examine the current status, future plans, and ongoing challenges of Web 2.0 in K-12 education. The research survey broke down Web 2.0 into seven categories related to student instruction and learning environments, rather than treating it with a broad brush.

Teachers were most often identified as a key group leading the adoption of a wide variety of Web 2.0 technologies. Specifically, teachers were most frequently cited for driving the adoption of digital multimedia resources (78 percent), online learning games and simulations (65 percent) and teacher-generated online content (60 percent). They were also among the top three groups for student-generated online content (45 percent) and student use of virtual learning environments (42 percent). Another key group identified was students, who were most frequently cited as driving the adoption of social networking and student-generated online content.

“The research indicates that the movement toward Web 2.0 use to engage students and address individual learning needs is largely being driven in districts from the bottom up – starting with teachers and students,” said Dr. Jay Sivin-Kachala, vice president and lead researcher for IESD. “Furthermore, the results show that many districts are using or planning to use Web 2.0 tools in teacher professional development, which suggests that teachers will become increasingly comfortable with these technologies and better able to teach students how to use them safely and productively.”

Overall, the research confirms school districts are using or planning to use several types of Web 2.0 technologies, but reveals there is still resistance to using online social networking for instructional purposes. In 83 percent of districts, very few or no teachers use online social networking for instruction, and 40 percent of districts currently have policies that don’t allow use of this technology. However, some trailblazing districts have plans for adopting or promoting use of this technology.

Other key results of the survey include:

A New Program Offering an Alternative to Drunk Driving, Will Be Designated Driver, Inc. Examines Terrorism Vs. Drinking and Driving


Waldorf, MD (PRWEB) November 23, 2011

Headline Source: Terrorism Vs. Drinking and Driving

The Holiday Season is upon us, and as merry and jolly as one may feel, is any community truly safe? According to data from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Agency, the number of deaths from drunk driving crashes during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday are significantly higher than those during the rest of the year. (Peters, Mary. E., U.S. Transportation Secretary) (1105 Media, Inc. Retrieved on November 22, 2011) The new program plans to spread the news on this important data, among many other initiatives.

Why then, wouldn’t any organization protect their valuable resources (key executives, board members, advisory staff, employees and top sales staff) by supporting a Designated Driver program? Would an employee membership as an employee benefit be of value to both the organization and the employee?

Why wouldn’t the news media find a rapidly growing, National, non-profit, designated driver program to be of importance enough to broadcast?

Why wouldn’t any national bar/restaurant (family-owned or chain) find this service as an important ASSET to limiting liability?

Why wouldn’t every parent, regardless of child age, find the gift of a Safe Ride Home to be a valuable Holiday gift? A parent may consider engaging their young children in a Santa exchange of Safe Ride gift certificates, allowing the child to [give] the gift for the Holiday. Children should be aware of the dangers of alcohol-impaired driving so as to increase parental values and teach their children well. As it relates to this news release, the cohesiveness of the war on terrorism vs. that of drunk driving could virally change safety for future generations.

Executives, constituents, and support groups, have broadcast this program from the highest towers in all four regions of the US. The truth is, the organization [should] be receiving support from peers, businesses, restaurants, insurance agents/firms, and the media from across the United States, to include Federal and State Governments. As stated in a prior news article, the Program was modeled after NHTSA’s State Grants Safety initiatives.

“Many non-profit organizations have an uphill battle as they compete with other non-profit organizations for sponsorships and grants, the Will Be D.D. Program is no different.” ~ Seanna Smallwood, President, Will Be Designated Driver, Inc.

Like anything [new], valuable services such as, insurance, legal, accounting, marketing support, and even the Internet in the 90’s, consumers need to see the value of the features and benefits prior to supporting the product/service or charity.

Like a Life Insurance policy, does one want to experience the death of a loved-one prior to its purchase? DUI/DWI charges and sanctions can ruin lives. Programs like Will Be D.D. are faced with necessary expenses to ensure public awareness and effective presentation of the facts, potential disasters, and new consumer options. These tasks must be paid for possibly prior to realizing the benefits.

Should any organization actively participate in philanthropy and investments please have the grant-maker contact Seanna Smallwood, President, for more information on the program’s grant model.

One may also show support in the program by sending this news release to a decision-maker in an organization of choice, an endorsement of support. The program offers excellent marketing support in giving thanks to Sponsors at any level.

“We are very proud to share that since Program launch, June, 2011, Will Be D.D. Program drivers have successfully removed 362 alcohol impaired drivers from the roadways.” ~ Jim Will, Vice President, Will Be Designated Driver, Inc.

With that said, the Holidays are here and it goes without saying that it takes great people to support Life-Saving programs like that of Will Be D.D.

Please give today, even if its just $ 10 … If every person that reads this press release gives $ 10 or even $ 20, it could potentially provide the program with multi-year sustainability. Wouldn’t that be a true blessing for every community this Holiday Season?

America’s hard-earned money goes to fund expenses for the Designated Driver Program such as, promotional expenses (spreading the word with T-Shirts, Key Chains, Alcohol-Breathalizers, Billoard ads, etc), gas, personnel wages, rent, vehicle insurance coverage, utilities, internet, website maintenance and development, the development of the Smart Phone app (which is almost done!) And several other necessary expenses.

Please support the Will Be DD Program by making your generous donation.

For more information or to request a program budget, contact:

Seanna Smallwood, President

Will Be Designated Driver, Inc.

Dispatch: 877 736 3490

Cell: 301 399 3764

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Part 1: New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers at Console & Hollawell Warn of Teen Drinking & Driving in Recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week


Marlton, New Jersey (PRWEB) October 15, 2012

October 14 through the 20th marks National Teen Driver Safety Week and in observance of this, the Toms River car accident attorneys at Console & Hollawell want all parents and teens to be aware of safe driving practices that could save your life. Console & Hollawell is doing a five-part series in honor of this national service:

Twenty Percent of Child Passenger Deaths Due to Drunk Driving Crashes

Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 17, 2013

In recognition of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15 21, 2013), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is urging lawmakers to enact legislation to protect our most vulnerable population, children. In 2011, 226 child (under age 15) passengers were killed in drunk driving crashes, representing 20 percent of all child traffic fatalities, of which more than half (54 percent) were passengers in a vehicle with the drunk driver.

Child endangerment has reached a crisis level in our nation, said Jan Withers, MADD National President. Annually, MADD receives more than 17,000 phone calls related to child endangerment. Drunk driving with a child passenger is a form of child abuse and no child should ever be put in that kind of danger, especially by those entrusted to keep them safe, Withers continued.

Drinking and driving never mix, and it can be especially tragic when there is a child in the car. Children deserve a safe ride, in a safe seat, with a safe and sober driver. We appreciate the work of MADD in its effort to keep all of us safe, especially kids, said Kate Carr, Safe Kids Worldwide President and CEO.

Today, 44 states and the District of Columbia have enacted child endangerment laws or statutes that allow for additional penalties for a drunk driving conviction with a child passenger in the vehicle. These laws vary widely in severity and definition of a child passenger. Among state laws, MADD recognizes New Yorks child endangerment law Leandras Law as the most comprehensive legislation in the nation to protect our children. The law makes driving drunk with a child passenger under the age of 16 a felony. Leandra’s Law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was tragically killed when an SUV she was traveling in with seven other children crashed in New York City. The adult driver, who had a BAC of .132, was the mother of one of the other passengers.

Exposing a child to unreasonable risk or placing a child in imminent risk of death or serious injury is a punishable offense. These statistics are alarming and represent the need for legislation to protect our children, said Withers.

MADD has prepared resources regarding state drunk driving and child endangerment laws that can be found on the MADD website at http://www.madd.org/drunk-driving/state-stats. Additionally, there are tools and information on madd.org for individuals who know of someone who may be driving drunk with a child in the car. MADD also has a 24-hour Help Line at 877-MADD-HELP to provide callers will information and support at no charge.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving