Advocates For Safe Teen Driving To Meet And Discuss Grassroots Initiatives

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Advocates For Safe Teen Driving To Meet And Discuss Grassroots Initiatives

Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition hosts annual meeting
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Friday, October 19, 2012 - 3:45pm

Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition hosts annual meeting

WHAT: Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition annual strategy meeting and workshop

WHEN: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 – Open to media at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Maryland MVA, One Orchard Rd., Glen Burnie, MD 21060

WHO: State law enforcement officials, traffic safety experts, educators, teens, community members, parents and individuals and families affected by crashes involving teen drivers.

WHY:  Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens, accounting for more deaths than the next two leading causes for that age group combined. The Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition works to help prevent deaths and injuries associated with these crashes by educating the public about Graduated Driver Licensing systems. States with strong GDL systems have seen as much as a 40 percent reduction in teen-related crashes.

Though Maryland has good teen driving restrictions, the Coalition recognizes that more still can be done. Research from the License to Save report indicated the state could save $200 million each year by strengthening its teen driving restrictions.

The Coalition has hosted several activities this year to raise awareness about issues facing teen drivers, and will focus this year on reaching teens and parents in targeted communities. Impacted families and other individuals and organizations dedicated to teen driver safety will be available for interviews. Coalitions like Maryland’s have been established in 10 other states, and Regional Coalition Manager Kathy Bernstein from the National Safety Council also will be in attendance to answer questions and speak with media.

CONTACT: If you would like to attend, schedule an interview or have questions, please contact:

Kathy Bernstein, Regional Coalition Manager

National Safety Council

(630) 775-2301

About the Teen Safe Driving Coalitions

The Teen Safe Driving Coalitions ( are supported by The Allstate Foundation and managed by the National Safety Council. The Coalitions seek to establish a culture of teen safe driving based on the principles of Graduated Driver Licensing. Coalitions are established in 10 states: California, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. There also is a coalition in Illinois.