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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 14, 2015
MEDIA ADVISORY: NEW CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE TEENS ABOUT SAFE DRIVING KICKS OFF IN CAPITAL REGION
New Program Recognizes Teen Driver Safety Week,
Provides Coaches with Opportunity to Talk to Teens About Staying Safe on the Roads
WHO: Dozens of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake student athletes will gather at a press conference to kick off a new program that recognizes the influence coaches have on student-athletes. The program also encourages coaches to talk to youth about safe driving, thanks to a partnership between the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and schools statewide.
Several guests will speak about the importance of young adults staying safe on the roads: GTSC Assistant Commissioner Chuck DeWeese; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Principal Tim Brunson; a Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake student; Sally Dreslin, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health; and Marianne Angelillo, a mother who lost her son in a crash.
WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: The lower cafeteria at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, 88 Lake Hill Rd, Burnt Hills, NY 12027.
WHY: Coaches are often some of the most influential people in young adults' lives, making them incredible allies in helping to instill positive behaviors and driving habits in our youngest motorists. A recent survey noted that coaches present one of the greatest opportunities to influence teens. The program's kick-off coincides with National Teen Driver Safety Week, a nationwide effort to raise awareness about keeping young adults safe on the roads, which runs from October 18 to 24.