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President Bush was caught having a Christmas party with a crowd of children.  They say he looked more relaxed than he has in a long time.  I can’t say I’m sad to see him go.  In fact I’m thrilled to see him go. 

I won’t throw all of my views on this here it wouldn’t serve this site very well and it would not end quite as happy as you would expect of this site. 

I will just walk away from the rest of my thoughts and get on with the news.

Competition to Promote Smart Teen Driving

teens1 A group of teens from spread good cheer and smart driving messages through one of the first contests of its kind called “Holiday Holla,” Dillon Craig, 18, Jeremy Glick, 17, and Sam Feil, 17, from Visalia, Calif., won $10,000 from The Allstate Foundation, and were recognized for their creativity in being smart driving advocates. Craig, Glick and Feil performed, along with four other teams, their version of the holiday carol Jingle Bells with smart driving lyrics in front of recording artist Kate Voegele and hundreds of holiday shoppers at the Mall of America, in Bloomington, Minn., on Dec. 6. The teens’ song, “Watch the Road,” discusses the dangers of speeding, drinking while driving, talking on cell phones and not wearing aseat belt.

 

“It  was cool to perform in front of so many people with an important message, but more than anything, we want our friends and family to be safe whenever they’re on the road, especially during the holidays,” said Sam Feil, one of the grand prize winners. “The fact that our team just won $10,000, and may have helped save some lives at the same time is pretty amazing.”

With the goal of saving lives  for teen drivers, The Allstate Foundation — through its national teen-to-teen smart driving movement, Keep the Drive — challenged teens from across the country to rewrite and perform (or “holla”) holiday carols with new, catchy lyrics about smart driving. From among the many entries, teens voted on their favorites and the top five most popular performers were selected to belt it out at the finalist event during which a panel of teen and celebrity judges selected the grand prize winner.

“Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens,” said Voegele. “That’s a scary fact, but it’s something young drivers have the power to change. It’s great for me to have this forum to reach out to teen drivers to promote smart driving in a fun way, especially during the holidays. Hopefully teens will start to think twice before doing something dangerous, like text messaging while driving.”

The Holiday Holla event culminated with Voegele presenting the teens with the $10,000 grand prize followed by a performance of four of her songs made famous by “One Tree Hill.”

Tomaso DeNoia, 17, Kim Kasten, 17, and Brooke Davenport, 18, of Tom’s River, N.J. took second place with a prize of $5,000.  Emily Twohig, 14, Sara Sweeney, 14, and Alexa Erickson, 14, from Woodbury, Minn. won $3,000 for third place.

 

 Driving Tips for Teens
 1  Keep your eyes on the road. According to a national survey of teens
    conducted by The Allstate Foundation, 56 percent of teens talk on their
    cell phones while driving, and 13 percent read or write text messages.
    Distracted driving is a major cause of crashes. Make it a goal to
    celebrate 2009 with your friends instead of the mortician.
 2  Slow down. The survey also found nearly 90 percent of teens admit to
    speeding. Speeding is one of the main causes for teen car crashes. Be a
    rebel and drive the speed limit this holiday season.
 3  “Holla” at your friends. Half of teens from the survey said they
    wouldn’t speak up if a friend were driving recklessly. Would you speak
    up if your life were in danger? If not, make a New Year’s resolution to
    grow a backbone.
 4  Use your buckle. Roughly two-thirds of teens who die in car wrecks are
    not buckled up, reports the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
    This season, give your friends the gift of life and tell them to buckle
    up!
 Tips for Parents on How to “Holla” about Smart Driving in the New Year
 1  Practice what you preach. Be a positive role model when you’re behind
    the wheel. Your teen is more likely to be a calm driver, put down the
    phone and MP3 player, wear a seat belt and follow the rules of the road
    if they see you do the same.
 2  Don’t rush the training process. Just because teens have permits or
    licenses doesn’t mean they’re ready for every driving condition. The
    roads are especially dangerous during bad weather. By easing into the
    training process, you’ll ensure your teen will be ready for most
    situations.
 3  Empower your teen. Being a passenger in another teen’s car can put your
    teen at risk. Make sure your teen knows it’s okay to say something if
    he or she is uncomfortable while riding with a friend, and help your
    teen to practice what to say in these situations.
 4  Understand your state’s laws. Every state has Graduated Driver
    Licensing to help new drivers get their initial on-the-road driving
    experience under lower-risk conditions, protecting them while they are
    learning. Familiarize yourself and your teen with these requirements,
    and establish your own rules for when, where, how and with whom your
    teen may drive.

 

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