CONNECTICUT AUTOMOTIVE RETAILERS ASSOCIATION
36 TRUMBULL STREET HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06103 James T. Fleming Telephone: (860) 293-2500 President Facsimile: (8600 527-2582
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Diane Alverio
October, 2008 860 655-9039/860 548-1136
ONE IDEA TO SAVE A TEEN’S LIFE
CAR Launches Safe-Driving Challenge, “Teens Saving Teens,” and Chance to Win a Car
HARTFORD, (DATE) – Driving is the leading cause of death for teenagers. To combat this sad reality
– and to build awareness of Connecticut‟s new laws for teenage drivers – the Connecticut Auto Retailers Association (CAR) has launched a “Teens Saving Teens” Challenge. The Challenge asks Connecticut teenagers 16-18 years old to submit their ideas on safe driving, which then earns them the
chance to win a car along with an advanced safety driving course at the nationally renowned Skip
Barber School of Driving.
The safe teen driving ideas submitted by students will be given to the Connecticut Department of Motor
Vehicles and state legislators for possible action as state statutes. The Challenge, which is sponsored
by CAR, the Governor‟s Prevention Partnership, and the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association, runs from
early November, 2008 through March 15, 2009. Teenagers can enter at any participating dealer (a full
list of dealers and contest rules can be found on www.ctcar.org). The winner will be randomly selected from all entries at the end of the Challenge, and must have parental permission to participate in the
The Challenge coincides with Connecticut‟s tougher new laws and penalties for 16- and 17-year-old drivers. These include suspension of the driver‟s license of any teenager convicted of violating a teen
driving restriction, speeding, reckless driving, street racing or using a cell phone or text messaging
device while driving. A list of the new laws can be found online at www.ct.gov/dmv and at DMV locations throughout the state.
“Sadly, accidents involving teen drivers are on the rise and we applaud the state for taking action with
these new laws,” said Jim Fleming, president of CAR. “We want to do our part to reach teens and their
parents about the need for proper training and maturity when driving a car. We created the „Teens Saving Teens‟ Challenge to get teens thinking more about driving safely.” The Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association (www.ctcar.org) represents more than 300
franchised new car and truck dealers throughout the state. For more than 80 years, CAR has
supported the automobile retailing industry – through business seminars, networking, state agency
relations, and political action.
CAR members have a long tradition of supporting local communities through donations to Little League
teams, charity raffles and golf tournaments, and many other civic causes. Additionally, CAR‟s Greater
Hartford Dealers Association members have donated nearly $1 million in scholarships and Foundation
The automotive retail industry (dealership sales, service and parts departments, etc.) employs more
than 15,000 men and woman statewide – making it one of the largest private employers in Connecticut.
Each year, CAR dealers generate $800 million in payroll taxes and nearly 20 per cent of all sales tax
revenue for the state. And, CAR dealers pay millions of dollars in local property taxes to support fire
and police, schools, and other services.
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