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Justin Mulcahy, justin.mulcahy@bge.com

Patrick DeGrasse, patrick@dwiprevention.org

UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour Educates Teens on the Dangers of Texting While Driving at BGE’s 15th Annual Teen Safe Driving Day

Program uses a high-tech simulator that allows participants to experience the potential consequences of distracted driving

WHO: Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) UNITE Baltimore County Police Department Maryland State Police Maryland State Highway Administration Maryland Motor Truck Association

WHAT: Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, in conjunction with the Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland State Police, Maryland Motor Truck Association and the Baltimore County Police Department, is sponsoring a distracted driving educational program for its Teen Safe Driving Day. This annual event for employees of the organizations listed above and the teenagers in their lives , in its 15th year, aims to help educate young adults about the risks associated with operating a motor vehicle, reinforce the dangers of distracted driving and emphasize positive driving messages. More than 100 BGE employees, teenage family members and friends will attend the BGE Teen Safe Driving Day.

WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.-noon

WHERE: BGE’s Lord Baltimore Building-parking lot 2900 Lord Baltimore Drive Baltimore, MD 21244

WHY: One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use. About 89 percent of all Americans have a cell phone, according to CTIA – The Wireless Association. Drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted. Not surprisingly, they text more than any other age group and the numbers of young drivers who text is only increasing. MEDIA: 10 stations will be setup with three having virtual reality capabilities. There is a crash simulation station and a golf cart obstacle course where teens attempt to navigate the course while in a distracted scenario.

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