MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
Students from Rosemount High School will blow the whistle on distracted drivers by tallying what activities drivers are doing instead of keeping their eyes on the road. During morning rush hour on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, teens will monitor and record drivers who appear to be distracted while approaching the intersection of Beaubien Street East and Pie-IX Boulevard.
Meanwhile, other students, dressed as lifeguards, will encourage drivers and pedestrians arriving at the school to take Allstate Insurance Company of Canada’s Action Against Distraction pledge to not drive distracted. The Action Against Distraction campaign is Allstate Canada’s response to the thousands of car collisions that happen every year because of bad driving habits and decisions.
Action Against Distraction “Blow the Whistle” Driver Tally
Media are invited to find out what’s happening on our roads and to interview teen drivers and Allstate Canada about distracted driving. Representatives from MADD Canada will also be onsite to share information about the dangers of impaired driving. Media can also take photographs/video throughout the event. Results from the tallies and photos will be made available the following day.
Students from Rosemount High School, Allstate Agents and other safety advocates including MADD Canada.
Intersection: Four corners of Beaubien Street East and Pie-IX Boulevard
High School: Rosemount High School, 3737 Beaubien Street East
Distracted Driving Challenge
Students in Montreal will also be participating in a Distracted Driving Challenge at the Olympic Park (Dalles Cascades – entrance on Sherbrooke Street East, Promenade on level 200) where they will learn how distracted driving can have deadly consequences through hands-on experience. Media can also participate in the Distracted Driver Challenge. While there will be a few vehicles available for the course, you are encouraged to bring your own. Please confirm attendance by contacting Jennifer Fox at (416) 515-7517, ext. 350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Wednesday, September 28, 2011
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. (at the intersection and high school)
Distracted Driving Challenge schedule:
10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Opening remarks
10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Introduction of course
10:35 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Students to vehicles
10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Vision-Slalom Exercise
11:30 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Emergency Breaking Exercise
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Collision Avoidance Exercise
12:50 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Closing remarks
About Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is one of Canada’s leading producers and distributors of home and auto insurance products. “The Good Hands Network®” enables consumers to contact Allstate Canada through one of 93 community-based Agencies, directly online at www.allstate.ca and through the Customer Contact Centre at 1-800-Allstate. Allstate Canada is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which it operates and has partnered with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada), Crime Stoppers, United Way and Junior Achievement. In 2010, Allstate Canada, in partnership with the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), created the Allstate All-Canadians program, a mentorship program designed to guide the next generation of Canada’s hockey youth. Learn more at www.allstate.all-canadians.com.
Thornley Fallis Communications
Cell: (647) 624-3160
To confirm attendance or for more information, please contact:
Thornley Fallis Communications
(416) 515-7517, ext. 350
Cell: (416) 473-9565