Hundreds of local teens will gather for annual Drive to Survive Day

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HOLLAND, MI.-Car crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-to18 year olds for more than 30 years, and the first year of driving is the most dangerous. National Teen Driver Safety Week is set for October 19th – 25th, and this Wednesday, October 15 marks the fourth annual ‘Drive to Survive’ statewide teen safe driving conference in Holland at the Double Tree Hotel starting at 10AM. The conference, which is youth-led and organized, boasts notable teen driving safety advocates and experts from around the state and is part of State Farm’s national ‘Celebrate My Drive’ (CMD) initiative, which celebrates the milestone of driving by encouraging and educating teens about safe driving behaviors.

The conference will be an activity-filled and inspiring day for both teens and advocates. The day will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions, simulations and vending tables to provide information on the issue of distracted driving and teen driver safety. All of the speakers have programs, initiatives, jobs or passions that are focused on kids and teens and keeping them safe.

State Farm is the Key Sponsor of the event – which is part of the company’s nationwide ‘Celebrate My Drive’ (CMD) initiative – geared at encouraging teens to enjoy the milestone and excitement of getting a driver’s license, but also talking with their parents and friends about the importance of committing to safe driving. This year State Farm is awarding schools and communities who make safe driving commitments on behalf of their local, registered school with grant money of up to $100,000 and a private concert by GRAMMY nominees, The Band Perry.

For more information on the conference, visit the Drive to Survive Facebook page. For more information on Celebrate My Drive, and to register and commit to safe driving for you school to have a chance to win $100,000 or a private concert with The Band Perry, visit http://www.celebratemydrive.com. Commitments can be made on behalf of your local, registered school once a day by anyone 14 or older from October 15-24th.

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