Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S.—claiming the lives of more than 4,000 teens every year. Through their support of awareness and education programs throughout the country, Allstate has long been an advocate of teen driving safety. One innovative program launched by The Allstate Foundation in partnership with the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) is the annual Act Out Loud contest. Now in its fifth year, Act Out Loud is a national, school-based competition that encourages teens to raise awareness about the importance of stronger teen driving safety laws through peer-to-peer activism.

“Having teen leaders across the country take that message to their peers is the ultimate foundation for making a behavior change in teen traffic safety,” said Sandy Spavone, Executive Director, NOYS.

This year teams will participate in three different activities that focus on stronger teen driver safety laws. Teams completing all three activism projects will be eligible to win prizes totaling $41,000, including a $10,000 grand prize for the winning school.

“Getting involved is key and Act Out Loud might be one of the easiest ways to get your club excited,” said Martha Mikell, Science Teacher and Advisor at Stuarts Draft High School in Stuarts Draft, VA. Her club won the $10,000 Act Out Loud grand prize in 2011. “Your whole school, your whole community will benefit.”

The winners of the 2012 contest will be announced in May 2012 as part of the sixth anniversary of National Youth Traffic Safety Month (NYTSM). Teams from high schools across the country are encouraged to enter the Act Out Loud contest before registration closes on January 31, 2012 at