Missouri teens attend NOYS leadership confrence

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: November 26, 2012 Cathy Gillen: cathy@cathygillen.com Phone: (443) 463-4449


Kansas City,Missouri– National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) named local teens Jennifer Tsai and Amanda Sarver from Park Hill High School as members of one of 19 teams from across the country that will lead a teen distracted driving prevention initiative in their local community. The teams will also join over 100 youth to attend the Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit taking place December 1-3 in Washington, DC. The summit, supported by AT&T and others, includes three days of impactful presentations, interactive training activities, and educational training to teach youth how to address texting while driving in their local communities.

Tsai and Sarver will work with peers from across the country to develop a national youth action plan that they will bring back to Platte County to help stop distracted driving. Activities will take place throughout the school year and culminate in May during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month.

Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident, but teen drivers are already 4 times more likely than adult drivers to be involved in a crash1. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds.

“Distracted driving is an epidemic on our roadways, and our youngest drivers are among the most at risk,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “I’m thrilled these young ambassadors will be spreading the word to fellow teens in their communities that texting and driving don’t mix.”

Tsai and Sarver said they chose to take on the distracted driving issue because “ Texting and driving affects more than just the driver who is doing it and we want to be a part of bringing awareness to just how dangerous texting and driving can be.”

The teens will meet with federal and state leaders, learn about the distracted driving issue and preventive efforts, then create a youth action plan to address this issue from a youth perspective.

"The foundational goal of the work of the NOYS Coalition is that youth prevention efforts be done with youth and not to youth. We are looking forward to the leadership of these youth to provide direction and implementation of teen distracted driving prevention initiatives all across the country," said Sandy Spavone, NOYS Executive Director.

This initiative is made possible through the generous support of the primary Summit sponsor, AT&T, in addition to Operation Lifesaver, Chartis Insurance, Chrysler, Ford, Nationwide Insurance, Toyota, and Make Roads Safe.

More information is available at www.noys.org. #


National Organizations for Youth Safety Founded in 1994, the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) is a coalition of over 60 national organizations, business and industry leaders, and government agencies with one common goal, to promote safe and healthy behaviors among America’s youth. Through this network, NOYS influences more than 80 million youth and adults. The mission of the NOYS Coalition is to promote youth empowerment and leadership, and build partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries, and enhance safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth. NOYS created Global Youth Traffic Safety Month to empower youth to develop and lead teen traffic safety projects that will positively impact their communities. About AT&T AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT.

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