Allstate Hails Renewed Push to Pass Stronger Teen Driving Laws

STANDUP Act would empower states, parents to save lives; teens strongly agree

Mar 08, 2011, 13:00 ET from Allstate Insurance Company

NORTHBROOK, Ill., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Allstate Insurance Company issued the following statement in support of the introduction of the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act in the 112th Congress by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY).

"No subject bears as much life-threatening consequence to a mom or dad as putting their son or daughter behind the wheel of a car. An average of 11 American teens are killed each day as a result of preventable car crashes. More should be done to help parents prepare their children for a lifetime of safe driving.

"We can make parents' jobs a little easier by arming them with the resources of proven graduated driver licensing (GDL) programs. These tools give new drivers valuable experience under supervised conditions. Not every state's GDL program is as strong as it can be, which is why we believe resources and guidelines at the national level are critical. Now, a new survey by The Allstate Foundation found that the overwhelming majority of teens – 74 percent – also approve of a national GDL law.

"Allstate proudly stands by Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Bishop in once again leading the charge to pass the STANDUP Act. Building on the support we generated last year puts us in a strong position to turn this idea into action. In fact, through Allstate's Save 11 Campaign, more than 60,000 Americans have already added their voice to a growing chorus of citizens urging Congress to pass this bill.

"We owe it to the parents of the thousands of teens we've lost to keep the momentum going, pass the STANDUP Act, and save more lives."

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