NEW YORK, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ad Council and Clear Channel Communities, the community engagement brand of Clear Channel, are joining forces to launch Safe Summer Driving, a campaign designed to keep everyone safe on the roads this summer, in support of already existing campaigns with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A new series of radio and online public service advertisements (PSAs) launched today in an effort to encourage drivers nationwide to make responsible choices that don't endanger themselves or others. The PSAs and a new online destination, iHeartRadio.com/SummerDriving, emphasize the importance of distracted and buzzed driving prevention.
The Safe Summer Driving campaign will air nationally in donated airtime on all 840 Clear Channel Media and Entertainment radio stations in 150 markets during the next three weeks. Clear Channel Communities' commitment includes airtime valued at $3.5 million for the PSAs and digital placement on station websites.
"Clear Channel is committed to helping radio listeners stay safe on the roads this summer. Through Safe Summer Driving, we hope to inspire our communities to drive responsibly this season," said Jessica King, Director of Community Engagement for Clear Channel. "By partnering with The Ad Council, we can provide excellent resources for our listeners to prevent summer driving dangers."
According to NHTSA, summer is the deadliest time of year to be on the road. Twenty-four years of NHTSA data reveal that nearly half of all deadly traffic accidents on the Fourth of July are the result of impaired driving. People who consume just a few drinks may not recognize that they are too impaired to drive, but buzzed driving can have the same devastating results as drunk driving.
Furthermore, statistics show that 25 percent of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. Pleasant summer conditions can give drivers a false sense of security, which leads to speeding, as well as distracted, unbelted and/or impaired driving, all of which increase the likelihood of a crash.
The new series of English radio spots, developed and produced pro bono by Merkley + Partners, and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment respectively, promote safe driving, and, inform listeners that summer is the most dangerous time of year to drive. The PSAs direct audiences to visit iHeartRadio.com/SummerDriving to find facts about the impact of distracted and buzzed driving, access tips for curbing these dangerous behaviors, and help spread the word by writing an open letter or taking a safe driving pledge.
"Clear Channel has been an exemplary media partner throughout our history, providing support for a number of critically important social issues," said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. "We're looking forward to extending our safe driving messages to help reduce buzzed and distracted driving, prevent injuries, and ultimately save lives this summer and throughout the year."
Clear Channel Media & Entertainment has long led the industry in both the quantity and breadth of community service programs at the local, regional and national levels. It has been the largest single contributor of media time to the Ad Council for the past five years. The PSAs will air on stations including iconic brands such as Z100, 106.7 Lite FM, 103.5 KTU, Q104.3 and Power 105.1 in New York City, KFI AM 640 and KIIS FM in Los Angeles, WDAS in Philadelphia, V103 in Chicago, 700WLW in Cincinnati, 93.3 FLZ in Tampa and SUNNY 99.1 FM in Houston.
The Ad Council and NHTSA have partnered together for more than 30 years to help improve safety on U.S. roadways through public service efforts that promote texting and driving prevention, drinking and driving prevention, and the use of safety belts and child car seats. Since the 1983 inception of the now-iconic Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk campaign, the annual number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities has dropped significantly.
About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 markets through 840 owned radio stations, and the company's radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company's radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems. iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 345 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history.
The company's operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media & Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company.
About The Advertising Council
The Ad Council is a non–profit organization with a rich history of marshaling volunteer talent from the advertising and media industries to deliver critical messages to the American public. Having produced literally thousands of PSA campaigns addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, the Ad Council has affected, and continues to affect, tremendous positive change by raising awareness, inspiring action, and saving lives. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit www.adcouncil.org. You can also visit www.facebook.com/adcouncil or follow the Ad Council on Twitter @AdCouncil.
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