Deer Park & Allstate Partner to Construct a Life-Saving Course

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In the effort to help save lives and encourage families to make a pledge together to limit or eliminate distractions in the car, Allstate Insurance Co. brought the Allstate Family Driving Challenge course to the high school. The Family Driving Challenge is designed to heighten awareness around the dangers of distracted driving. Participants drive a course, trying to navigate cone-lined lanes and focus on the road while encountering a range of common driving distractions.

Teens, parents and teachers rode together in the capacity of driver and passenger and attempted to safely drive while texting, talking on the phone, listening to loud music and handling rowdy passengers. Utilizing state-of-the-art driving technology, Allstate driving professionals tracked course data, calculating completion times through the various obstacles and charting the number of objects hit during each run.  

“It is imperative that we as a district are proactive in keeping our students safe, whether they be in the classroom or on the road,” stated high school principal James Cummings. “With the help of Allstate’s program, we were able to bring this unique opportunity to our students and engage the entire community in this life-saving initiative.”

Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens and take an average of 11 teen lives each day; motor vehicle-related injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1-34; and teens crash four times more often than any other age group. Tragically, younger, more inexperienced drivers under the age of 20 are the most likely to be involved in distraction-related fatal crashes. In fact, car crashes remain the leading killer of American teens overall, with nearly 5,000 teens killed and 300,000 injured annually.