RICHMOND, VA – The CarMax Foundation has awarded Driver's Edge a $100,000 grant for its national young driver education program. Driver's Edge is a nonprofit organization developed to help address the growing number of youth-related automobile collisions and fatalities in the United States.
"The grant from the CarMax Foundation will help our organization continue to provide young drivers with potentially life-saving information," said Jeff Payne, president, chief executive officer, and founder of Driver's Edge. "Our program is designed to teach young drivers better skills and driving behavior. We believe it is essential to provide young drivers with a hands-on approach to safety and collision avoidance techniques in order to better prepare them for the real-life driving conditions they will face every day."
In 2003, more than 7,800 young drivers aged 15 to 20 were involved in fatal motor vehicle collisions. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for this age group, outnumbering the combined deaths resulting from drug use, guns, and other violence.To date, more than 16,000 people have attended a Driver's Edge program. In 2005, Driver's Edge is visiting 12 cities nationally with continuing programs in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cities and dates for the 2006 National Tour will be announced by the end of the year. Please visit www.driversedge.com for details.