Events

Please contact coaliton leader Cathy Gillen at cathy@cathygillen.com for more information about any of these events!

Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition to participate in distracted driving awareness event

Coalition works to end crashes

Baltimore, Md. – On Nov. 10, the Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition will participate in the 4th annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk to help raise funds for the Remembrance Book Scholarships for students at Harford Community College, and for efforts to end car crashes involving distracted drivers. Each year, the Hurd family and Harford Community College host the event in memory of Heather L. Hurd, who was killed in a 2008 car crash involving a driver who was texting.

 

“No family should lose a loved one because of a crash that could have been prevented, and the coalition is working to ensure others are spared the same pain and anguish,” said Cathy Gillen, leader of the Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition. “Events such as the Heather L. Hurd 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk help us remember why we dedicate so much time and energy to raising awareness about teen and distracted driving issues.”

 

On Jan. 3, 2008, Heather Hurd was en route to a meeting with her wedding planner at Disney World when her vehicle was struck by a driver in a tractor trailer who was texting. Since Heather’s fatal crash, her family has been dedicated to raising awareness about traffic safety and the dangers of cell phone use behind the wheel. 

 

The coalition hopes that by participating in the event, teen driving issues are included in a larger dialog about traffic safety and the dangers facing all motorists, especially cell phones. To supplement distracted driving materials that may be available at the event, the coalition will distribute information about the dangers teens face as they learn to drive, and the role parents play in their teens’ learning experience.

 

Crashes involving cell phone distracted drivers kill thousands of people on the nation’s roadways each year, and the National Safety Council estimates cell phone use is involved in 24 percent of all crashes. The coalition, a partnership between the National Safety Council and The Allstate Foundation, works year round to educate law makers, teens, parents, community members and law enforcement officers about the dangers teens face as they learn to drive. Distractions such as cell phone use are one of the leading causes of teen-related crashes, which are the No. 1 killer of teens.

 

Coalition members include state law enforcement officials, traffic safety experts, educators, teens, community members, parents, and individuals and families affected by crashes involving teen drivers. For more information about the Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition, please visit our website (nsc.org/mdteensafedriving) or our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/MDTeenSafeDriving?fref=ts). 

 

About the Heather L. Hurd 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk

The event begins at 9 a.m. at Harford Community College’s Susquehanna Auxiliary Gym. Runners and walkers interested in participating can register in advance or at the gym at 8 a.m. on the day of the event. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The cost is $15 for Harford students and employees with an applicable ID, and $10 for participants under age 18 who are registering with a participating adult. Registration fees include a long-sleeved t-shirt, refreshments and prizes. Trophies will be awarded to male and female winning runners in various age groups.

 

About the Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition

The Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition is one of 10 state coalitions supported by The Allstate Foundation and managed by the National Safety Council. The coalitions seek to establish a culture of safe teen driving based on the principles of Graduated Driver Licensing. Coalition states include California, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. There also is a coalition in Illinois.

 

About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.

 

About the National Safety Council

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council (nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and safety beyond the workplace.

 

 Past events:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 10 a.m.
Safe Teen Driving Pediatrician Webinar
Co-sponsored with the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
 
Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 8:45 a.m.
Safe Teen Driving Event
Chesapeake High School
4798 Mountain Road
Pasadena, MD 21122
 
Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at 3:30 pm
Safe Teen Driving Event at the Boys and Girls State Lacrosse Tournament
UMBC
Co-sponsored with the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association and the Maryland Highway Safety Office.
 

Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition to host “Erase Teen Crashes” at Maryland State Lacrosse Championships

Coalition works to reduce teen car crash fatalities and injuries during National Youth Traffic Safety Month

 

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition will host teen driving educational activities from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 22 during the Maryland State Lacrosse Championships at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Stadium. The event caps the Coalition’s month-long campaign, “Erase Teen Crashes” in observance of National Youth Traffic Safety Month. A press conference will be held at 3:30 p.m.

 

The “License to Save” report issued by The Allstate Foundation with research from the National Safety Council indicates Maryland could save 33 lives and $200 million in economic cost if the state strengthened its existing teen driving laws. Some middle schools and high schools in Maryland have held “Erase Teen Crashes” activities throughout the month and the campaign culminates with Tuesday’s events, which are expected to catch the attention of the thousands of fans gathered for the state lacrosse championships.

 

“More than 5,000 people die each year in crashes involving teen drivers,” said Cathy Gillen, leader of the Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition. “We are dedicated to creating a culture of safe teen driving and our “Erase Teen Crashes” events are one part of that process. This event ensures our message reaches thousands of people and it is the perfect way to conclude National Youth Traffic Safety Month.”

 

Activities will include a distracted driving simulator, an impact video and a number of educational resources about texting and distracted driving. The Allstate Foundation, which supports the Coalition, will distribute its “X the Text®” anti-distracted driving materials.

 

Speakers at the press conference will include:

·        John Kuo, Motor Vehicle Administrator and Governor’s Highway Safety Representative

·        Jenny Cheek, Director of Saferoads4Teens Coalition and State Legislative Affairs for Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

·        Jim Craig, local Allstate Insurance Agency owner

·        Kathy Bernstein, Regional Coalition Manager for Transportation Initiatives at the National Safety Council

·        Capt. Tom Didone, Survivor Advocate and Director of Traffic Division with the Montgomery County Police Department

 

National Youth Traffic Safety Month ends as the most dangerous season for teen drivers begins. The 100 deadliest days for teen drivers starts on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day. July 4 is the most deadly day of the year for new drivers on our nation’s roadways, making this event timely. The Maryland Highway Safety Office and the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association also are helping make the event possible.

 

National Youth Traffic Safety Month is just one of the Coalition’s year-round efforts to improve teen safe driving behaviors and prevent injuries and deaths.

 

 

About the Teen Safe Driving Coalitions

 

The Teen Safe Driving Coalitions (www.teendriver.nsc.org), supported by The Allstate Foundation and managed by the National Safety Council, seek to establish a culture of teen safe driving based on the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing. Coalitions are established in 10 states: California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. NSC also manages a coalition in Ohio.

 

About The Allstate Foundation

 

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.

 

About the National Safety Council

 

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council (nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and safety beyond the workplace.

 

 

GETTING TO UMBC STADIUM/PARKING INFO:

From the North: Take Interstate 95 to Route 166 (Exit 47B, Catonsville) or take Interstate 83 to Baltimore Beltway (I-695, West) to Exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue, West). Follow the signs to UMBC.

From the South: Take Interstate 95 to Route 166 (47B, Catonsville) and follow the signs to UMBC.

Coming from I-695: Proceed west on Wilkens Avenue to roundabout at Hilltop Circle. Take roundabout three-quarters around onto Hilltop Circle. Take a right at the traffic signal and proceed through one stop sign onto the outer loop. Proceed through the next stop sign at Administration Drive and the stairways to UMBC Stadium will be directly on the right. Proceed past the ticket booth to UMBC Stadium.

Coming from I-95: Proceed through one stop sign, then bear right onto the outer loop, going through another stop sign. Proceed through the next stop sign at Administration Drive and the stairways to UMBC Stadium will be directly on the right.  Proceed past the ticket booth to UMBC Stadium.

Parking is available in Lot A.  If the field is on your right, Parking Lot A is just pass the athletic complex on your right.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The "License to Save" report issued by The Allstate Foundation in December 2011 estimates that 2,417 people in Maryland have been killed in teen-related motor vehicle crashes since 1991.

One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use. About 89 percent of all Americans have a cell phone, according to CTIA – The Wireless Association. Drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted. Not surprisingly, they text more than any other age group and the numbers of young drivers who text is only increasing.

MPSSAA game times for the 2012 State Lacrosse Finals presented by PNC will be 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. on both Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23.  Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at www.mpssaa.org.

UNITE brings health and wellness programs to high school and college campuses across the nation. Their programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of drunk driving and distracted driving. Their follow-up programs have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.  www.dwiprevention.org

 

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