Safe Driving Pledge Could Earn High Schools Big Money

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(KTVI) - The mother of a teen killed in a car crash urges young drivers to take the Jim Butler Teen Driving Contract and pledge to avoid drowsy, drunk or unsafe driving.
In March 2010, Kerrie Warne got a phone call all parents pray to avoid.

Her 18-year-old son Tyler died when the car he was driving crashed on Interstate-255 near Collinsville Road in Collinsville, Illinois. Police said they found no evidence of drug or alcohol use. But, witnesses also reported seeing no brake lights or unsafe maneuvers right before the crash that also injured a passenger in the car. That led Kerrie to believe Tyler had fallen asleep at the wheel.

She, along with Brad Sowers of the Jim Butler Automotive Group spoke with FOX2’s Kim Hudson about the Jim Butler Teen Safe Driving Pledge.   Since crashes involving young drivers spike in the spring and summer – after final exams and parties – the contract will pay out $10,000 to the high school that has the most drivers sign up by September 2014.

Your students can take the pledge at Jim Butler or educators can call Libby Nolan, Incite St. Louis, at 314/613-7726.
Tyler’s death inspired Kerrie to protect other teens by developing the TYREDD organization – Tyler Raising Education for Drowsy Driving.  You can learn how you can protect your kids, and yourself, at

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