ATHENS — After a month long event to promote safe driving at the Athens Area High School, State Farm Agent Adam Bennett presented a flat screen television to a contest winning Athens High School senior.
The event presented by Bennett had Athens students use the State Farm Steer Clear app on their phones to complete a course that involved watching videos, completing safety modules and five hours of driving time.
Athens Senior Dylan Krise earned all 27 badges available on the app and had an overall driving score of 89 percent.
“It feels awesome, I can’t thank Adam enough,” said Krise. “It’s awesome because I pulled out the win at the last second between me and one of my friends. It’s just awesome to win a flat screen television in school.”
Krise stated that he feels that he is now a better driver after the program.
“I actually do feel like I drive a lot safer now,” said Krise. “Now I always feel like the app is on and I should drive safe and better.”
Athens High School Principal Corey Mosher also thanked Bennett for the month long event.
“I think it is amazing for our students and I am very thankful to Adam and State Farm,” said Mosher. “It is always nice to partner with local businesses — they can come in and teach kids things that are real world things that they need to know, especially when it is about safe driving.”
“I enjoy it and it’s an important thing for the students and everybody to learn safe driving,” said Bennett. “Anything I can do to participate in and contribute to our community is something I would love to do.”
According to Mosher, the school could see a return of the Steer Clear event next year.
“We absolutely would have him back, I think it is a great partnership to have — especially with the safety of our students,” said Mosher. “Teenage driving is one of the highest rates of accidents as they are learning the road. I think anything we can do to promote awareness and safety for them is key.”