On Monday, the National Safety Council presented its prestigious Flame of Life Award to Allstate Insurance Company and The Allstate Foundation for their national leadership to reduce car crashes involving teen drivers. The award, which recognizes significant lifesaving contributions to safety, has been presented only four times previously in the Council’s 100-year history.
“We believe corporations can and should help drive change in society,” said Vicky Dinges, vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. “We’re very proud to have contributed to keeping millions of teens safe on the road. The National Safety Council has been an amazing partner on teen driver safety issues and we thank the organization for this tremendous honor.”
Allstate and The Allstate Foundation have helped change the dialogue around teen safe driving through social impact initiatives and public awareness efforts. Programs such as Save 11, Keep the Drive and Act Out Loud have helped engage and rally teens to advocate for their own safety and the safety of their peers. Through advocacy efforts from companies such as Allstate, the passage of life-saving federal legislation such as the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was possible. Allstate continues to educate millions of Americans about distracted driving through campaigns such as Reality RidesSM and X the TXT®.
The Allstate Foundation supports a range of programs across the nation, and at the state and local levels that fulfill its commitment to help protect and connect people through innovative programs that drive social change. The Foundation advances its mission by partnering with organizations dedicated to similar issues, such as teen driver safety. The Foundation has reached millions of parents, teens, educators, community members and traffic safety professionals with messages about safe driving and provided many outlets for engagement on the issue.
“Allstate Insurance Company and The Allstate Foundation are strong advocates for our youngest and most vulnerable drivers,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO at NSC. “Their programs and advocacy efforts are helping save lives and prevent injuries, and teen drivers are safer because of actions from organizations such as these.”
Allstate and The Allstate Foundation join an elite group of safety leaders that have been honored with the Flame of Life Award. In 1971, the first award was given to the Ad Council for its focus on raising awareness about traffic safety. In 2006, the award was presented to seven principal leaders of the Air Bag and Seat Belt Safety Campaign for their work in saving lives associated with air bags and safety belt use. In 2010, the award was given to then-NSC Chairman of the Board Joseph Ucciferro for leading the development of a new NSC strategy that defined how to save an additional 10,000 lives and prevent 1 million injuries by 2014. In 2012, the Honorable Elizabeth Dole was presented with the award for her numerous contributions to safety while serving as Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Labor, president of the American Red Cross and in the U.S. Senate.