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Delmar Loop Businesses Raise Money for University City School District
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 4, 2015 - The Loop Special Business District and University City community are working together to provide 100 scholarships to University City High School students to receive tutoring from The Princeton Review in preparation for the ACT exams in Spring 2016.

In 2010, Delmar Loop business owners began the scholarship program and started by sponsoring three students in the first year. Now five years later, the program has grown to support 100 students.

"This is a marvelous opportunity. When you have three big entities together, the City itself, the City of University City, the school district of University City and the small, independent businesses all working together to help with education, it's a wonderful thing" said Joe Edwards, President of the Loop Special Business District and owner of Blueberry Hill.

The University City High School students who are awarded the scholarships are enrolled in The Princeton Review ACT prep program which will provide 12 ACT tutoring sessions during school hours to prepare the students for their ACT exams next April.

Delmar Loop businesses have set a goal to raise $12,000 to provide scholarships to 100 high school students. This is in addition to the $3,000 in funds the Loop Special Business District has already committed to contribute to the program.

The Princeton Review Fundamental ACT course regular price is $599 per student. But due to the combined efforts of University City High School, The Loop Special Business District, and The Princeton Review, ACT tutoring can be provided to 100 students at a substantially reduced rate of $150 per student.

Donations will be collected from December 1-31. You can make a donation online at bit.ly/ucityschools or make check payable to: "University City School District" and include "ACT/Princeton Review" in memo. Please mail check to: Attention Susan Hill, Assistant Principal, University City High School, 7401 Balson Avenue, University City, MO 63130


Teens' Aggressive Behaviors Leading to Risky Road Behaviors
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 4, 2015 - While so much rightful attention has been paid to the dangers of distracted driving in recent years, a new study released by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) reveals that teens are still neglecting the most basic rules of the road - from observing speed limits and wearing seatbelts to engaging in aggressive driving behaviors - and parents are largely unaware.

With fewer hours of daylight, winter road conditions and busy holiday traffic, it's critical that parents discuss getting back to the basics with their teen drivers - not only during winter months, but all year round.

Despite a majority of teens (81 percent) who consider aggressive driving to be dangerous, more than one-third (36 percent) admit to having an aggressive driving style, revealing a disconnect between teens' understanding of safe driving and reality. Even more alarming, 31 percent of teens say they have retaliated or experienced road rage when provoked by another driver - creating a dangerous environment for everyone on the road.

According to NHTSA, aggressive driving is defined as an individual committing a combination of moving traffic offenses, such as driving above the speed limit and cutting off other drivers; while retaliatory driving, also known as "road rage," is defined as an assault with a motor vehicle, which is a criminal offense. The new data shows these behaviors go largely unnoticed by teens' parents - with only 16 percent reporting their teens drive aggressively and 13 percent thinking their teens have retaliated when provoked - showing the need for a reality check among parents about their teens' hazardous driving habits.

"Aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, following too closely or cutting off other drivers can be dangerous for all drivers but especially problematic for teen drivers given their relative inexperience," said Dr. William Horrey, Ph. D., principal research scientist at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. "The study revealed some significant gaps in what teens and parents think is safe versus teens' actual behaviors reinforcing the critical need to refocus on the basics along with other safe driving habits before it's too late."

Getting Back to the Basics

With winter and holiday driving conditions in full swing, ignoring the basic rules of the road can be dangerous. In addition to aggressive driving styles, the new survey reveals teens are not only neglecting the driving basics, but are also failing to observe the law. For example, one in five (18 percent) teens admit to not wearing a seat belt. Also alarming, while the majority (89 percent) of teens may consider themselves "safe drivers," 71 percent of these "safe drivers" admit to speeding.

However, this is news to parents. While the majority of teens may disclose their speeding habits, less than half (38 percent) of parents actually believe their teens speed. In addition, teens who have driven for one-plus years are more likely to speed (47 percent) than those who have had their license for less than six months (28 percent) - showing that more experience behind the wheel does not prevent reckless driving behaviors.

Of those same self-described "safe drivers," two-thirds (67 percent) admit to transporting three or more teen passengers in the car, and only 26 percent of all teens perceive this to be distracting. According to NHTSA, the risk of a fatal crash goes up in direct relation to the number of teens in the car; and therefore it's important for teens to understand the ramifications and dangers of driving with multiple passengers. Just as concerning, parents are also largely unaware of this behavior, with only 40 percent reporting that their teens drive with three or more passengers in the car.

"What may seem insignificant to teen drivers, like having friends in the car or driving a few miles over the speed limit, can have a major impact on their safety and endanger others on the road," said Stephen Gray Wallace senior advisor for policy, research and education at SADD. "We challenge parents and teens alike to revisit the importance of following the basic safety rules of the road. Ignoring driving fundamentals is simply not worth the risk."


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