Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Generous State Farm Donation Benefits Teen Drivers

(June 11, 2015, Oklahoma City, OK) – Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens and claim approximately 3,000 young lives each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To combat these statistics, Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City’s (OSU-OKC) Center for Safety and Emergency Preparedness (CSEP) partnered with State Farm to provide a comprehensive defensive driving course for teen drivers. State Farm recently donated $25,000 so OSU-OKC can continue offering defensive driving courses with new and improved simulators.


“It is an honor to acquire an additional donation from State Farm,” said Ruthann Baugh, OSU-OKC CSEP director. “It will allow OSU-OKC to obtain an additional driving simulator that will further the university’s teen driving training capabilities.”


Just last year, State Farm donated funds to OSU-OKC to obtain its first driving simulator to introduce teens to hazardous scenarios in a controlled environment to practice their responses.


“We are collaborating with State Farm so that we can spread the word about defensive driving to schools and parents,” Baugh said. “Through this outreach, we hope to prevent teen crashes, reduce injuries and, most importantly, save lives.”


In addition to the defensive driving courses, OSU-OKC has partnered with State Farm on its Staying Alive program that addresses common distracted driving issues that plague young drivers while also teaching defensive driving skills.


For information on upcoming teen driving courses at OSU-OKC, visit www.osuokc.edu/csep.

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Pictured are representatives from State Farm, OSU-OKC and students participating in OSU-OKC’s defensive driving course.