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New Teen Driving Program Targets Parents

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -

The memory of Marie Lee's son, Joshua, rides with her everywhere.

"It's turned my world upside down," said Lee. "A part of me died with my child."

Her teen son was in the passenger seat of a car driven by a friend. Now she's making it her mission to teach parents how to teach their teens behind the wheel.

"If I can help another family from having to go through what I had to endure then that's what I want to do," said Lee.

The Allstate Drive It Home campaign has the same goal as Lee. According to the campaign, the most dangerous time in a person's life is the first 12 months after gaining a driver's license. That's why Drive It Home is using parents like Lee to urge moms and dads to create a parent-driver contract.

"Basically the parent and the teen get together and decide on some strict rules and some consequences if those rules are broken," said Daniel Groce with Allstate.

The campaign also wants parents to keep training teens behind the wheel, especially when it relates to high risk situations like driving at night or with other teens.

"When crashes happen, more often than not it's because of one of those types of situations and not when a teen would be driving in a more normal situation," said Groce.

The campaign is hitting 14 areas nationwide, hoping to educate parents who will educate teens and keep roads safer for all drivers.

"Nearly half of teens are going to get in some sort of wreck before they graduate from high school," said Groce. "So if we can make that number go down, and they are hitting other people, then we can stop that from happening that does make everyone safer."

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