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State Farm® Presents $13,500 Grant to CTR

to support teen driving safety program

Knoxville, TN — CTR is excited to receive a $13,500 grant from State Farm Insurance. The funds will be used to support its teen safety program #GetConvinced. This East Tennessee program addresses highway safety issues faced by teens and focuses on four areas: 

  • Distracted Driving 
  • Belt Use 
  • Impaired Driving and 
  • Driving around large trucks 

Through various partnerships the #GetConvinced program has created several interactive tools to realistically portray the dangers teen drivers face while driving and riding in a vehicle. The Seatbelt Convincer, which safely simulates a low-speed crash, along with Virtual Reality Goggles showcasing a distracted driving scenario, a driving simulator which helps teens learn to safely navigate around large trucks, and drunk and distracted goggles combine to create an engaging program for teens to understand in a vivid way the dangers they face as they begin driving. 

“These funds will enable our GetConvinced team to offer some of our resources virtually and reach more rural counties in East Tennessee, “said Jerry Everett, Interim director of CTR. “We appreciate State Farm’s generosity and their commitment to teen safety and the issues novice drivers face.” 

“As the largest provider of automobile insurance in Tennessee, State Farm is committed to improving roadway safety,” said Judy McConkey, Corporate Responsibility Analyst for State Farm. “Sadly, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers. That is why we are proud to team up with the Center for Transportation Research which is also committed to preventing motor vehicle crashes.”