NORTHBROOK, Ill., Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Allstate today announced its inaugural sponsorship of THE HILL's "A Healthy America" series of events that will tackle issues critical to the health of our nation from nutrition and wellness to safety and personal finances. The first briefing event in Washington, D.C. today focuses on teen driving safety.
The speakers will examine the risks associated with motor vehicle crashes remaining the number one killer of American teenagers. More than 4,000 teens die each year on our nation's roads in crashes involving young drivers. Provisions of the Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection (STANDUP) Act were recently added to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Reauthorization bill in the United States Senate.
The STANDUP Act requires the establishment of minimum standards of graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws. State and national evaluations of such programs have found crash reductions for 16- and 17-year-old drivers in the 20 percent to 40 percent range.
"Americans face a public health risk that is plaguing our roads and highways. Congress is taking major steps forward in the effort to pass minimum GDL standards and save lives," said Bill Vainisi, senior vice president and deputy general counsel for Allstate. "Sponsorships like ours in partnership with THE HILL's 'A Healthy America' provide a forum to keep the conversation moving until minimum GDL standards are enacted."
Consumers can get involved by visiting facebook.com/save11 for information and resources on contacting their lawmakers, inviting family and friends to take action, and lending their voices to this vital movement.
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