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Virginia High Schools Kick Off Campaign to Encourage Safe Teen Driving During High-Risk Warm Weather Months


Roanoke, Va. – Virginia schools will kick off a teen driving campaign this week to encourage safe driving behaviors during warm weather months.

The campaign, called "Arrive Alive," addresses the issues associated with driving during spring and summer, and helps teens develop lifelong save driving habits.

It is sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), UNITE International, and the Virginia State Police Association (VSPA). The Arrive Alive Campaign will kick off on April 7 and run through May 9, 2014.

During the campaign, student groups at each competing school will create a short public service announcement emphasizing the dangers associated with warm weather driving. These PSAs will be voted on nationwide on UNITE International's website,

Participating clubs will also sponsor educational and call-to-action activities that address the top causes of teen crashes during warm weather months:

Slowing down and obeying posted speed limits

Limiting the number of teen passengers in the vehicle and obeying Virginia's passenger limitation laws for teens

Distraction-free driving, including no texting or cell phone use while driving

Alcohol and drug-free driving and obeying Virginia's Zero Tolerance Law for teens

Buckling up on every ride

"Cruising" and other risky driving behaviors

Driving safely during prom and graduation celebratory events

In addition, each school competing in this year's campaign will hold distracted driving checks as students arrive at school to determine the number of students who drive distracted.

"Research shows that teen-related car crashes spike in May and continue throughout the summer," explained Sarah Obenauer, YOVASO Program Development Coordinator. "Teens are out later at night, driving more often and paying less attention to the road. The Arrive Alive campaign was created to address these problem areas and eliminate tragedies."

In Virginia, statistics show that teen drivers had 26,277 crashes during the warm weather months of May through August during the years 2010 through 2012. Those crashes resulted in 121 fatalities, including 102 teen deaths, 9,132 teen injuries, and 1,860 serious injuries to teen drivers and their passengers.

Forty-one schools across the commonwealth have registered to participate in Arrive Alive. (See attached list of schools) The winner of the campaign will receive a day with the UNITE International Arrive Alive Tour, courtesy of UNITE. Second and third place winners will receive cash prizes.

For more information about the campaign or the YOVASO Program, call Mary King, Program Administrator, or Sarah Obenauer, Program Development Coordinator, at 540-345-0003 or visit YOVASO is Virginia's Peer-to-Peer Education and Prevention Program for Teen Driver Safety. It is sponsored by the Virginia State Police Association and funded by a grant from the Virginia Highway Safety Office. Membership is free and is open to all Virginia high schools and middle schools. YOVASO currently has 127 member schools.

Schools Participating in the 2014 YOVASO Arrive Alive Campaign:


Alleghany High School, Alleghany Co.

Altavista High School, Campbell Co.

Appomattox County High School, Appomattox Co.

Blacksburg High School, Montgomery Co.

Bluestone High School, Mecklenburg Co.

Christiansburg High School, Montgomery Co.

Colonial Forge High School, Stafford Co.

Courtland High School, Spotsylvania Co.

Covington High School, Covington City

E.C. Glass High School, Lynchburg City

East Rockingham High School, Rockingham Co.

Eastern Montgomery High, Montgomery Co.

Fort Defiance High School, Augusta Co.

Galileo Magnet High School, Danville City

George Wythe High School, Wythe Co.

Giles High School, Giles Co.

Glen Allen High School, Henrico Co.

Heritage High School, Lynchburg City

James River High School, Botetourt Co.

Jefferson Forest High School, Bedford Co.

Lakeland High School, Suffolk City

Liberty High School, Bedford Co.

Lord Botetourt High School, Botetourt Co.

Luray High School, Page Co.

Marshall High School, Fairfax Co.

Middlesex High School, Middlesex Co.

Mountain View High School, Stafford Co.

Northside High School, Roanoke Co.

Page County High School, Page Co.

Salem High School, Salem City

Spotsylvania Middle School, Spotsylvania Co.

Stafford High School, Stafford Co.

Staunton River High School, Bedford Co.

Stuarts Draft High School, Augusta Co.

Tallwood High School, Va. Beach City

Tazewell High School, Tazewell Co.

Thornburg Middle School, Spotsylvania Co.

Turner Ashby High School, Rockingham Co.

Varina High School, Henrico Co.

Wilson Memorial High School, Augusta Co.

Woodrow Wilson High School, Portsmouth City


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