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Sunday
May082011

Allstate Hosts Family Driving Challenge

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The Allstate Corporation kicked off the weekend by hosting an event aimed at educating drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.

Allstate Chairman and CEO Tom Wilson and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator David Strickland joined parents, teens and others at the Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Florida for the Allstate Family Driving Challenge held on Friday. The event provided those in attendance with information about the difficulties of distracted driving and the dangers of using cell phones while driving.

"Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic on America's roadways, and our youngest drivers are often the most at risk," said Strickland. "When you're driving, your attention should always be on the road – not on a phone. Allstate's Family Driving Challenge is a great way to demonstrate just how dangerous distractions can be behind the wheel."

A press release from Allstate says that according to data from the NHTSA, almost 5,500 people were killed in the year 2009 in vehicular accidents involving distracted drivers.

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