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Help make driving safe

This post is sponsored by State Farm. Opinions are my own.

Did you know that auto crashes are the number one cause of death among teens in North America? As the mother of two children, this statistic is terrifying to me. The good news is that this number can be lowered when we all practice good safe driving and State Farm has teamed up with Kelly Clarkson to help reinforce this important issue.

Celebrate my drive

During the week of October 18-26, State Farm is encouraging all of us to make safe driving commitments on behalf of our local high school. Your high school can even win a grant or a concert from Kelly Clarkson. State Farm agents will also be hosting student-focused events across North America.

What I love about Celebrate My Drive, is that it gives communities a chance to rally around young drivers and encourage them to make safe driving choices every time they’re behind the wheel. I know that I want my kids to be safe drivers when they grow up, and until then, I try to set a good example for them when I’m behind the wheel.

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You can register your high school for a chance to win at CelebrateMyDrive.com! You can also learn more about the program on Facebook.

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104 Comments

  1. September 13, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    I think this is a great initiative. It’s good to see celebrities , that many young adults look up to, put effort into having a postive effect in the world.

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  2. September 13, 2013 @ 3:55 pm
    Gregg

    Who wouldn’t want a $50 Gift Card? Thanks for the contest!!

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  3. September 13, 2013 @ 3:59 pm
    Rebecca Orr

    I think it is a gat initiative. A lot of teens look up to Kelly and I think she will be a great example to them. Driving is something that is a privilege and requires a lot of attention. It is really hard to do anything else while driving. Let a lone texting or making calls. The best thing for teens to do is turn their phone off and keep it in the glove box.

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  4. September 13, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
    Alisha Fitch

    I think it’s awesome ! We needs teens and adults driving safer.

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  5. September 13, 2013 @ 4:14 pm
    Christine M.

    I think it is great and hope a lot of teens and parents get involved in this campaign. When I learned to drive my only distraction was the radio.

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  6. September 13, 2013 @ 4:17 pm
    Lalita Malone

    I am SO behind the Celebrate My Drive message. I personally have a new teen driver that got her license 6 months ago. She’s a 17 year old Senior in high school who drives a stick shift to and from school every day. I cannot stress enough how focused a teen needs to be behind the wheel in this day and age. I’m so glad to hear about State Farm & Kelly Clarkson are teaming up to spread the message with this initiative!

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  7. September 13, 2013 @ 4:20 pm
    April Yedinak

    I think any encouragement we can give people to make better choices when driving can only be good. Case in point, this morning when I was driving back from dropping my kids off at school someone didn’t appreciate that I was driving slow in the school zone. They zoomed over onto the shoulder and sped along beside me. I imagine the stupified/enraged look on my face was something to behold.

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  8. September 13, 2013 @ 4:27 pm
    Darilyn Sue

    I hope I win!

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  9. September 13, 2013 @ 4:31 pm
    Katie

    I love any initiative that encourages young drivers to make safe driving choices every time they’re behind the wheel. I’ve seen the way some youth drive and it’s kind of scary. I like that they are rallying behind them.

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  10. September 13, 2013 @ 4:34 pm
    anastasia b

    This is great as I witness too many ‘feeling invincible’ teenage drivers being really unsafe on the road, often at the expense of the innocent – like moms who drive carefully with their kids. I wasn’t the safest driver either when I was a teen! I’ve had a few wake up calls :)

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  11. September 13, 2013 @ 4:39 pm
    Nancy

    I think this is a great initiative. We need to encourage young drivers to drive safely. Any program to encourage any driver of any age to drive safely has my support!

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  12. September 13, 2013 @ 4:45 pm
    Kim Henrichs

    I love it! Anything to make drivers safer, I’m behind 100%!!

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  13. September 13, 2013 @ 4:51 pm
    Lisa Brown

    i think it is a good initiative, and i hope it does some good to better the driving habit of the young.

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  14. September 13, 2013 @ 4:54 pm
    Rust

    I think this is another great effort on the part of State Farm, in line with their image of promoting safe driving as long as i can remember

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  15. September 13, 2013 @ 4:55 pm
    pinky sade

    i think it’s great as kids need to be aware and take responsibility. driving safely is something everyone needs to do.

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  16. September 13, 2013 @ 4:58 pm
    Linda Stewart

    I think anything that helps young drivers learn safe driving is worth the time it takes to present it. To often tragedies happen, that could have been avoided, had proper driving habits been instilled.

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  17. September 13, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
    Diane

    This is a wonderful thing! I watched way too many car crashes in my 4 years of high school.

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  18. September 13, 2013 @ 5:01 pm
    Sheila K.

    Anything that works toward the increased safety of teen drivers is a good thing for all of us!

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  19. September 13, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    With as many problems as we have in today’s world – we need more initiatives like this!! Thanks for the great info Crissy!!

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  20. September 13, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    This is a great initiative. It’s scary how many people, and not just teens, that you see using their phones, smoking, putting on makeup, etc. while driving.

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  21. September 13, 2013 @ 5:20 pm
    Ellie W

    I think it’s great. Anything that might make people stop and think before they text and drive. Too many are injured or killed because of inattentive drivers.

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  22. September 13, 2013 @ 5:42 pm
    Seyma Shabbir

    I think it is a great idea to remind people to drive safely! Also to remind parents to do the same! :)

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  23. September 13, 2013 @ 5:43 pm
    denise

    great initiative for young drivers

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  24. September 13, 2013 @ 7:17 pm
    Jo-Ann Brightman

    I think it is great that a star like Kelly Clarkson has teamed up with State Farm to make teenagers more aware of the responsibilities involve with driving. Everyone should drive safely.

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  25. September 13, 2013 @ 7:31 pm
    Betsy Barnes

    This a great initiative, it is so important that new, young drivers understand the importance of safe driving, benefits all of us. :)

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  26. September 13, 2013 @ 7:37 pm
    Candice

    Great idea! Teens need to really know the consequences when getting behind the wheel.

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  27. September 13, 2013 @ 7:53 pm
    Janet W.

    I think it’s a great thing because so many teenagers think that nothing bad will happen to them behind the wheel. It’s so important to us grown ups to set a great example while driving.

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  28. September 13, 2013 @ 8:06 pm
    Jessie C.

    I am all for safe driving, so many careless habits cause tragedies. This is such a GREAT campaign to support.

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  29. September 13, 2013 @ 8:28 pm
    D SCHMIDT

    I think this is a fantastic initiative and something more people need to be aware of, until I read the statistics I was totally unaware.

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  30. September 13, 2013 @ 8:46 pm
    Mary Happymommy

    We’ve had a lot of teen deaths in our county due to car accidents so I think this initiative is very important. The fact that Kelly Clarkson is involved is very cool.

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  31. September 13, 2013 @ 9:23 pm
    Laurie Nykaza

    safe driving is the most important thing once you enter a car so it is so very important to get the message out thanks

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  32. September 13, 2013 @ 9:28 pm
    Olivia Rubin

    Anything to encourage drivers, especially new, inexperienced drivers to be safer. I think Kelly clarkson is a relatable figure. She is in the spotlight, but she has remained down to,earth and humble,,meaning she is more relatable.

    Glad to see a company promoting safe driving and not just low rates.

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  33. September 13, 2013 @ 11:26 pm
    Mia Dentice

    Great idea….I hope kids really pay attention to the cause (& maybe with the reward of a concert they just might)

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  34. September 14, 2013 @ 12:16 am
    ellen beck

    Teens and driving can be a lethal combination but if prepared correctly it can make a worldd of difference. Their minds are distracted by so many things- it’s important to teach them to limit distractions while on the road.

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  35. September 14, 2013 @ 7:05 am
    Cindy B

    I think safe driving is really important so this initiative is a creative way to encourage that :D I think it’s great.

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  36. September 14, 2013 @ 12:23 pm
    Andrea Williams

    Having two teens myself, I am in favor of anything that encourages them to practice safe driving. Youth and inexperience are big causes of accidents and yet how can they overcome this without the day to day driving experience. Just by encouraging them to pay more attention and have fewer distractions can help protect them without interfering with their growing process.

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  37. September 14, 2013 @ 4:03 pm
    karen

    Our oldest has his permit this year. This is a wonderful program and I hope every single highschool in America takes advantage of it.

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  38. September 14, 2013 @ 8:19 pm
    Joseph Stowell

    Yes, it is a tragedy that sometimes can be stopped. Let us all do our best to be attentive to the road and the surroundings when we drive.

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  39. September 14, 2013 @ 9:29 pm
    Nicole Kerr

    It’s a fantastic idea!

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  40. September 14, 2013 @ 9:29 pm
    Teresa F

    Love this idea. We need to educate our kids as much as we can. Thank you

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  41. September 14, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    Thanks for the contest:)

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  42. September 14, 2013 @ 9:31 pm
    Rachel Rohde

    i think it is a great idea. there is too many accidents happening with young people.

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  43. September 14, 2013 @ 9:31 pm
    Mya Murphy

    Safe driving is extremely important. I see people driving like maniacs all the time. It seems like most people don’t know the rules of the road, nor do they care about others. I could not watch the video because my laptop does not have a speaker.

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  44. September 14, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    I think any initiative that helps keep young drivers safer and responsible is a good thing. Every little bit helps!

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  45. September 14, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    there are so many more distractions these days for young drivers – phones etc – it’s important to push this safe driving initiative.

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  46. September 14, 2013 @ 9:33 pm
    Karen Glatt

    I think this is a very good initiative. Anything that gets young drivers to drive safe! State Farm and Kelly Clarkson are really helping with this initiative and getting young people to drive safe!

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  47. September 14, 2013 @ 9:33 pm
    Kathryn Mackey

    cool prize

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  48. September 14, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

    Thanks for encouraging safer driving habits, and for the chance to win some nice prizes! :)

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  49. September 14, 2013 @ 9:35 pm
    jackie S

    Just added my kids ex-high school to the list. Would love to win. The Woodlands are just up the road.

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  50. September 14, 2013 @ 9:38 pm
    Yadira Juarez

    I think it’s awesome. Texting and driving is worse than drinking and driving. People need to focus on the road not their phones.

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  51. September 14, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

    Love it! I totally agree. With all this new technology too it’s so much easier for teens to get distracted behind the wheel. It’s super important for teenagers to make safe driving decisions!!

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  52. September 14, 2013 @ 9:39 pm
    Phyllis

    Would love to win.

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  53. September 14, 2013 @ 9:46 pm
    Alison King

    This is a really positive cause, and I love that a big star is supporting it.

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  54. September 14, 2013 @ 9:47 pm
    Lynnette Watkins

    I think it’s great idea. I hope they have a program like this when my 4 kids get into High School.

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  55. September 14, 2013 @ 9:48 pm
    Kasee Johnson

    I think this is an amazing initiative! Teen drivers are at such risk. I’ve been lucky so far – my teenage son is a wonderful driver and I trust him explicitly. But what about the other kids on the road? I’m all for getting celebrities to help out!

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  56. September 14, 2013 @ 9:52 pm
    wendy c g

    This is wonderful, we were just recently hit by a teenager driver who could had benefited from some education. Anything to make the roads safer is a good thing

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  57. September 14, 2013 @ 9:52 pm
    ashley k

    I would love to win a $50 gift card. following on pinterest and FB.

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  58. September 14, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
    Laurie

    Wow, Thanks!

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  59. September 14, 2013 @ 10:03 pm
    Carolyn Flanagan

    I think there should be more like this in other places!

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  60. September 14, 2013 @ 10:04 pm
    Gina H.

    I think ig’s great & could save lives.

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  61. September 14, 2013 @ 10:11 pm
    Taj Roxy

    I think it’s fantastic. Safer driving is the way to go!

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  62. September 14, 2013 @ 10:11 pm
    pam clouse

    Young drivers need all the encouragement we can give them to drive safe, they get so much pressure from their friends to do things that are unsafe, it is nice to know someone is taking the time to reach out and let them know it is COOL to be safe !

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  63. September 14, 2013 @ 10:11 pm
    Heather Harvie

    I am a mom of 2 under the age of 6 and it is sometimes scary to be on the road – WAY to many teens and adults for that matter that text while driving and have no clue of what the outcome could be. This should be advertised like every 30 seconds!! Thanks

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  64. September 14, 2013 @ 10:14 pm
    Tamara B Ackerman

    As a mother with 3 kids (the oldest just got her license this summer) I am terrified of also. I think this is a wonderful program they are doing thanks for sharing!

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  65. September 14, 2013 @ 10:16 pm
    julie

    I think it is a fab idea my daughter is young now but it will fly by so quickly and she will be driving before i know it..

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  66. September 14, 2013 @ 10:40 pm

    i like this give away alot! would love to win, thank you for the opportunity

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  67. September 14, 2013 @ 10:44 pm
    kathy downey

    This is a wonderful program and I hope every SCHOOL EVERYWHERE takes part,we need to teach our young drivers to be safe.

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  68. September 14, 2013 @ 10:44 pm
    Marybeth Thielke

    Great giveaway!

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  69. September 14, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    I LOVE IT…!!

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  70. September 14, 2013 @ 10:51 pm
    noopur Kesarwani

    Thanks for all u do

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  71. September 14, 2013 @ 11:17 pm
    Debbie Woods

    I am a teacher and will pass this on to our principal. This is an initiative we can participate in as a school.

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  72. September 14, 2013 @ 11:43 pm
    courtney hennagir

    I think this initiative is awesome! I see people driving while texting or talking on their phone all the time and was hit by someone texting while driving.We need to spread the word about the importance of safe driving while kids are young so it’s just something they do automatically.

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  73. September 14, 2013 @ 11:59 pm
    martha

    SO POSITIVE & UPLIFTING ,,,,,,,,,,, THANK YOU

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  74. September 15, 2013 @ 12:01 am

    Anything that helps teens to practice driving safely is awesome! That’s good Kelly is partnering with StateFarm to promote driving safely. Kelly is a huge influence on many youth too and I also like her.

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  75. September 15, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    We need anything we can get which focuses on safe driving. After what our community has been through, and after what I saw yesterday which reminded me, I am more convinced than ever.

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  76. September 15, 2013 @ 10:28 am
    Elizabeth Elliot

    You can never be too safe – I think people tend to forget how important it is to be careful…just because we drive all the time doesn’t mean we can take it for granted.
    truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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  77. September 15, 2013 @ 3:17 pm
    Rosie

    It is a VERY worthy initiative. I’m sure that as soon as kids are old enough to truly start understanding about driving and the dangers, the better. They say it is good for kids to learn to drive when they are younger rather than 18-20, b/c they need the practice before they go off on their own.

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  78. September 16, 2013 @ 2:04 am
    Beenish

    This is something amazing

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  79. September 16, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    Education is key! Thank you for this opportunity!

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  80. September 16, 2013 @ 1:12 pm
    sandra

    i like that they have a young celebrity spokesperon attached to the campaign because teens may listen to her

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  81. September 16, 2013 @ 9:35 pm
    Heather Hayes Panjon

    I Think This Program Is A Great Way To Teach Drivers Young And Old How To Make The Right Choices. This Can Save Many Lives!

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  82. September 17, 2013 @ 1:07 am
    Ruby Yoshi

    This is inspiring and I like that statefarm is encouraging all of us in taking part in it.

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  83. September 17, 2013 @ 11:31 am
    Fawn H

    I think this is a great initiative. There are just so many distractions for younger drivers with texting, cell phones, etc. and I think they younger they can see the consequences of using these devices while they are driving the better off they will be.

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  84. September 17, 2013 @ 1:23 pm
    Annmarie W.

    I love this initiative, and it’s so appropriate that State Farm is sponsoring it! My daughter isn’t quite driving age, but it’ll come so soon. It’s so important for young people to realize that driving isn’t a game, but a real responsibility. Fatalities happen, and they have to be aware that they MUST drive safely since people’s lives are at stake!

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  85. September 17, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    thanks

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  86. September 18, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
    Tammy S

    As the parent of 2 teenagers I think this is great. I think sometimes kids just don’t think about the consequences of their actions. I wish more parents talked to their kids about how serious driving a car is. It’s a privilege not a right.

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  87. September 19, 2013 @ 4:52 pm
    steve weber

    I think it’s relevant.. too many teens texting and talking while driving.

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  88. September 20, 2013 @ 11:17 am
    Tammy S

    I think this is a awesome program. I would love to see more adults setting a good example for young drivers. We all need to put our cell phones down and concentrate on our driving.

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  89. September 20, 2013 @ 8:51 pm
    Birdie Skolfield

    Great idea any imput to change things is good my girls are not of driving age yet the whole idea scares me

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  90. September 20, 2013 @ 8:55 pm
    Tina

    This is great. I love bringing light to important issues.

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  91. September 21, 2013 @ 8:38 am
    Linda Meyers-Gabbard

    I think it’s great. There are to many kids out there that think they are invincible behind the wheel.

    Ladyblueeyez1960 (at)(aol)(dot)(com)

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  92. September 21, 2013 @ 10:42 am
    Jennifer T.

    I think it’s a great initiative. Having a celebrity that teens look up to can influence them to make smarter choices.
    jtmagmom73(at)gmail(dot)com

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  93. September 22, 2013 @ 12:46 am
    Tara

    I am behind any initiative that will encourage safe choices. Teens tend to worry they won’t be seen as cool if they drive by the book. It is good to see a celebrity saying what teens often block out from parents. Hopefully they’ll listen.

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  94. September 22, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

    I think this is a great initiative. It’s sad to think about how many fatal car crashes there are every day, and I hope through this initiative the number is lowered.

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  95. September 23, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    This is a really great cause, and the marketing for it is fantastic!

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  96. September 24, 2013 @ 1:24 pm
    Holly S

    Texting and driving is an issue that terrifies me as the parent of two teens, one of whom drives. We have STRICT rules regarding cell phone usage in general while he is driving. Great initiative, and one that applies to parents/adults as well.

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  97. September 25, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    What doesn’t kill you make you stronger!!

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  98. September 25, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

    I think it’s a great idea to get the word out, especially with a young relatable star! And the fact that kids spend more hours learning soccer skills than driving skills is just a plain scary thought!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  99. September 26, 2013 @ 7:28 am
    Jenny S

    I think this is really great. I am a supporter of safe driving and anything to support the inititve is a great thing.

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  100. September 26, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    I think this initiative is great – I lost my little sister to a car accident back in 2000 (she was a passenger in a car with three other teenagers, only one survived), so I’m pretty paranoid now that my oldest child is 17!

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  101. September 26, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    I really believe it is a good initiative! Driving lessons, rules and common sense and road rage and more should be taught at a high school level. Important lessons for life’s learning!

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  102. September 26, 2013 @ 8:23 pm
    Amanda Sakovitz

    i think its great! young drivers can never be too safe!

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  103. September 26, 2013 @ 10:12 pm
    Thomas Murphy

    The initiative sounds awesome because I think it will make driving more safe.

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  104. September 26, 2013 @ 10:14 pm
    Maria Jose H

    Sadly, teenagers/young adults do NOT understand that driving recklessly and carelessly causes many accidents. It might not be to them or their direct families or friends, but it always affects someone. I wish it would be easier to change their points of view, and have them commit to NOT doing this.

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