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Immediate Release
Feb, 03 2008
Contact: Curt Williams
(919) 279-7837

HIGHWAY SAFETY NONPROFIT SAYS COMMUNITIES MUST GET INVOLVED TOO - Five Star Commitment for Highway Safety encourages teens to focus on all aspects of driving. (NO text messaging)

Clayton, N.C. – Five Star Commitment for Highway Safety, a nonprofit dedicated to creating safer conditions on the highways by changing the negative behavior of all drivers, today encouraged communities to expand on the State’s Operation Drive to Live 2008 campaign by working with teens and young adults to adopt safer driving practices.

“The work that the State Highway Patrol is doing to encourage safer driving among our teenagers is commendable,” said Curt Williams, president of Five Star Commitment for Highway Safety. “Five Star Commitment for Highway Safety also believes it is critical that we encourage our young people to get the entire community involved in changing poor driving behaviors. We want our students to be advocates of highway safety and also be responsible when it comes to getting behind the wheel; we feel like it’s the community’s responsibility to participate and offer real support.”

Five Star Commitment asks all motorist to help make the highways safer by changing their negative driving behaviors. To do this, the nonprofit asks students, parents, businesses and everyday citizens to adopt and abide by five principles. These principles are:

1. To wear my seatbelt and insist that all passengers do the same;

2. To obey speed limits and never tailgate;

3. To be considerate to all motorists and pedestrians by resisting road rage;

4. To avoid driving when fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol; and

5. To operate a vehicle responsibly and avoid distractions. (NO text messaging while driving.)

“As a young person who drives daily, I have experienced the impact the Five Star Commitment program has had on me and my driving,” said Mary Catherine Roberts, a former student at Clayton High School and a member of Five Star Commitment. “Whenever I get in my car, I know that I can’t just put on my seatbelt. I also have to focus on the other things, like not speeding and avoiding distractions, that can keep me safe in the car. Some of my greatest satisfaction comes when people see the Five Star Commitment shield on my car and want to know more about it and how it has changed my driving behaviors.”

Five Star Commitment encourages not just individuals, but schools, civics organizations and businesses to get involved and help support young people as they work to become better drivers.

“Working as a community, I am confident we can make real change,” added Williams. “I’m tired of reading about these tragedies on our highways everyday. Let’s step-up and do this with our young people and show them that a community effort can accomplish anything.”

For additional information about Five Star Commitment visit www.fivestarcommitment.com.

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Feb. 1, 2009
(NATIONAL HIGHWAY SAFETY NONPROFIT OPENS OFFICE IN NEW JERSEY -  New office strengthens organization’s efforts to change the negative driving behavior of all motorists in New Jersey.

Franklin, N.J. – Five Star Commitment, a national nonprofit dedicated to creating safer conditions on the highways by changing the negative behavior of all drivers, today announced the opening of its New Jersey office. The creation of an office in New Jersey gives Five Star Commitment its first presence in the Northern part of the United States.

“Today is another milestone for Five Star Commitment,” said Robert Dabinett, state director of Five Star Commitment’s New Jersey Office. “Five Star Commitment believes that it is unacceptable that over 43,000 people die on our nation’s highways each year. In New Jersey alone, 1,103 persons died in traffic accidents in the year 2005, according to New Jersey State Police statistics. Our goal is to work with schools, both students and faculty, and other concerned organizations to change negative driving behavior, and reduce this senseless loss of lives.”

Five Star Commitment asks students, parents, businesses and all motorists to help make the highways safer by changing their negative driving behaviors. To do this, the nonprofit asks students, parents, businesses and everyday citizens to adopt and abide by five principles.

“We are pleased that Five Star Commitment now has a presence in New Jersey,” said Curt Williams, president of Five Star Commitment. “We realize we have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are determined to educate people on how they can be ambassadors for better driving and how if they take the time to commit to these five principals, our communities will experience a lot less tragedy and loss on our highways.”

The opening of the New Jersey office is the sixth office to be opened by Five Star Commitment. Originally started in North Carolina, the organization now has offices in Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Maryland.

For additional information about Five Star Commitment visit www.fivestarcommitment.com.

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