Royal Palm Beach High School and the Allstate Foundation are encouraging teens to be safe behind the wheel. On Wednesday, May 14, students will raise a flag in solidarity with thousands of teens pledging to “Get There Safe.” The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on the RPBHS campus.
Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of American teens, causing more teen deaths each year than homicide, suicide and cancer. To spotlight this issue in Florida, one of the states with the most teen crash fatalities, the Allstate Foundation, singer Austin Mahone and thousands of Florida teens are participating in the #GetThereSafe program. The program kicks off during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month this May, which leads into the deadly summer driving season.
“We should always have each other’s backs, and this program lets us do that when it really counts — behind the wheel,” Mahone said. “The fact that nearly eight teens die each day in car crashes motivated me to get involved so that my friends, family and fans can all get there safe every time they get into a car.”
The #GetThereSafe program also encourages teens to flag the issue of teen safe driving in their schools and communities through social media conversations.
The highlight of the program will be when RPBHS students gather to raise a #GetThereSafe flag at the school. The flag serves as a symbol of solidarity and a visual reminder for teens to practice smart driving behaviors.
The #GetThereSafe campaign is the Allstate Foundation’s teen-led program that raises awareness around the dangers of the three risky driving behaviors that frequently cause fatal teen crashes — speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and being distracted.
Now through Aug. 8, teens have a chance to show where and how they get there safely by entering the #GetThereSafe Challenge. The winner will win a meet-and-greet with Mahone. For more info., visit www.teensgettheresafe.com.