By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Students in Tyrone, Okla., are rallying community members to commit to safe driving.
“Supporting Tyrone shows we are working hard to reverse the startling statistic that car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S. and Canada,” said a press release from State Farm.
Tyrone Counselor Ed Poley said the school is committed to keeping teens safe on the road, and that’s why they are participating in Celebrate My Drive, a program that’s all about celebrating the fun of getting driver’s licenses while teaching all drivers positive habits help avoid car crashes.
“We’re trying to make Tyrone Schools a destination school for education,” Poley said.
He added the Celebrate My Drive program is another part of doing “anything we can do” to keep students safe.
It’s easy to participate, according to State Farm, who is sponsoring the program.
“You can help Tyrone School win a $100,000 grant and possibly a concert by Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson in our own town,” the press release noted.
Log on to www.celebratemydrive.com to make a safe driving commitment once a day, every day, between now and Saturday.
“The more safe driving commitments our community makes on behalf of Tyrone School, the better our chance to win $100,000 and host the Kelly Clarkson concert,” the press release said.
Celebrate My Drive is a different approach to a leading public health risk. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, and a teen’s first year on the road is the most dangerous.
Using research as a guide, State Farm is approaching teen driver safety, a winnable public health battle, by engaging teens while they learn to drive in a supportive and positive way.
“It’s a community celebration of safe driving habits emphasizing the benefits of safe choices as teens celebrate the freedom that comes with getting a driver’s license,” the press release said.
Poley said the support of not only the Tyrone community but also of the entire region is needed to commit local youth to safe driving.
“We’re excited about the opportunity,” he said.