FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – “Drive Alive” announced this year’s winners of The Taylor Award on its 10th anniversary to 36 young scholarship recipients that will pay for their driver education on Friday.
The Taylor award is named after Ralph Taylor, an Allen County deputy coroner, who became alarmed by the rising number of teen deaths on local roads. He helped start a discussion regarding teen driving issues and methods to address the sometimes tragic consequence.
According to the data collected by “Drive Alive,” in 2019 alone, 41,804 young drivers between the ages of 15-20 were involved in collisions and in that same year 41 young drivers were involved in fatal crashes.
Each winner submitted award-winning essays in addition to showing dedication to community service and personal growth. The award brings attention to the importance of driver education for the well-being of the community. Driver education can help reduce traffic crashes and improve driving skills in teenagers.
“Drive Alive” is a non-profit agency dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries among young drivers by providing educational resources and support for parents and youth.