For Immediate Release
Justin Mulcahy, email@example.com
Patrick DeGrasse, firstname.lastname@example.org
Program uses a high-tech simulator that allows participants to experience the potential consequences of distracted driving
WHO: Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)
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.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like us on
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