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May 20: The Deadliest Day for Teens on the Road

May is an exciting month for teens- prom and graduation highlight the end of a long school year, and the eager anticipation of summer makes this time of year all the more exciting. There is a downside to this month, however, as May 20 marks the deadliest day for teens… Allstate https://i2.wp.com/blog.allstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/40.jpg?fit=849%2C565&ssl=1

May is an exciting month for teens- prom and graduation highlight the end of a long school year, and the eager anticipation of summer makes this time of year all the more exciting. There is a downside to this month, however, as May 20 marks the deadliest day for teens on the road. New analysis of crash data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that this day has claimed 63% more young lives than the average over the past five years. A recent survey by the Allstate Foundation shows that while more than 75% of teens feel unsafe while another teen is driving, only 59% are willing to speak up while in risky driving situations.
In response to these startling facts, the Allstate Foundation and National Organizations for Youth Safety have created the Act Out Loud (AOL) campaign, which encourages teens to be proactive in speaking out against unsafe driving in their local communities. As part of this contest, 20 schools from around the nation will be vying for a $10,000 prize by competing to see who can host the most effective safe driving program. Up until May 21, the public can visit the Act Out Loud website to view blogs, videos, and photos created by each of these schools, and in turn vote for their favorite candidates.

Apart from the contest, The Allstate Foundation is urging the public to take a stand towards making roads safer through the following opportunities:

Participate in the Dialogue

The first 100 people to become a follower at www.Twitter.com/drvngchng and re-tweet a tip on talking to teens about safe driving receives a special set of air fresheners to place inside cars as daily reminders for teens to drive safely.

X the TXT

Pledge not to text and drive, and help reduce teen deaths and other distracted driving injuries. Join the X the TXT Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thumbsuppledge.

Educate Your Community

Start the conversation about federal legislation that helps makes our teens safer on the road. Check out your states GDL laws at www.ProtectTeenDrivers.com.

Download a Parent Teen Driver Contract

A tool for parents to start the conversation with teens about the importance of safe driving, set guidelines and discuss consequences. Visit www.ProtectTeenDrivers.com to download the contract and find tips on how to talk to teens about safe driving.

For additional statistics about teen driving, as well as further initiatives on keeping your local roads safe, view the full news release at:

http://allstatenewsroom.com/releases/may-20-deadliest-day-for-teens-on-the-road?query=may+20+deadliest+day