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Benson wins $25,000 grant for schools from State Farm Insurance

BENSON — The Benson Secondary School has won $25,000 through the Celebrate My Drive program created by State Farm. The award was announced to students Friday afternoon.

One hundred schools were eligible to receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. Benson received $25,000, thanks to thousands of safe driver commitments made in support of the school in State Farm’s program.

Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, and a teen’s first year on the road is the most dangerous. State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive strives to engage teens in developing safe driving habits.

“State Farm is proud of Benson’s efforts to generate excitement among students, faculty and the entire community to make safe driving commitments and have positive conversations about teen driver safety,” said State Farm Public Affairs Specialist Kelly Savage. “Our goal is to celebrate the joy of getting a license and encourage young people to be safe on the road.”

State Farm has specified that 10 percent of the grants be used to support ongoing teen driver safety efforts. The need for more awareness around auto safety is supported in the report on distracted driving State Farm released this month. The July 2013 survey of nearly 1,000 motorists shines a light on a growing safety concern: people accessing the internet while driving. Five years of data show a significant increase in the use of mobile web services while driving.