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High Schoolers' PSA Could Help Young Drivers During Pandemic

Cape Coral High School Wins PSA Contest and awarded $1,000 from AAA for educating teens on GDL Laws

With less traffic on Florida roads due to COVID-19, younger drivers could use this as an opportunity to get some valuable practice time behind the wheel. However, there are legal limitations for drivers with Graduated Drivers Licenses.

An award-winning PSA video created (before the pandemic) by Cape Coral High School students explains the laws in a positive and creative way.

This video was selected as the winner of the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition's (FTSDC) 2019-2020 Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Contest. The PSA contest was for high school students to educate their peers about Graduated Driver Licensing provisions amongst teenagers. Cape Coral High School will be awarded $1,000 in prize money, courtesy of AAA - The Auto Club Group.

Graduated Driver Licensing is a gradual approach to granting teen drivers full license privileges. By allowing teen drivers to safely gain experience during structured hours, exposure to higher risk driving situations can be minimized.

"Most parents are unaware that curfew and passenger restrictions exist for their new teen driver," said Melissa Valido, leader of the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition. "It's our hope that continued education on this topic will aid to save lives and prevent injury. Cape Coral High School's SADD Chapter found a very creative way to help us promote this message."

"Graduated Driver Licensing provisions are proven effective in reducing teen crashes by up to 40%," said Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director for AAA – The Auto Club Group. "We're focused on supporting efforts to educate the community on this important topic and congratulate Cape Coral High School on a job well done."

About the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition
The Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition was created in 2011 by the National Safety Council, in partnership with the FDOT Safety Office, to address the issue of teen traffic safety. The Coalition is comprised of 35 active members from private and public agencies/foundations who actively collaborate teen traffic safety projects, and who co-brand their own agencies with our coalition name. The Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition is focused on increasing education and outreach among teens and their respective caregivers, and working in partnership with other stakeholders to advance the message of teen driver safety.

About AAA - The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America with more than 14 million members across 14 U.S. states, the province of Quebec and two U.S. territories. ACG and its affiliates provide members with roadside assistance, insurance products, banking and financial services, travel offerings and more. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 60 million members in the United States and Canada. AAA's mission is to protect and advance freedom of mobility and improve traffic safety. For more information, get the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.