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-Support from Franklin-based automaker more than triples reach of Tennessee teen safety initiative-


NASHVILLE, TN. (Nov. 6, 2013) – For the second consecutive year, Nissan is partnering with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) to engage teens about the importance of avoiding distracted driving and other harmful behaviors behind the wheel through the ThinkFast® Interactive education program. Teen fatalities in Tennessee have declined steadily over the last 10 years from 178 in 2002 to 94 in 2012, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.  

ThinkFast® Interactive is an interactive awareness game show that educates students about the importance of teen driving safety. The program is set up like a game show, complete with a full production set, mainstream music, an entertaining host and informative and engaging trivia that appeal to teens.

“This partnership is a reflection of our continued commitment to driver and passenger safety,” said Selim Hammoud, director Product Safety, Nissan. “Nissan has a vision of helping to eliminate teen accidents and fatalities by instilling safe driving habits in Tennessee students with the ThinkFast® Interactive program – just one of many safety education initiatives in place to help reduce the number of auto-related injuries and fatalities.


Historically, the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office has been able to offer ThinkFast® Interactive to 30 schools in the state starting with those that have the highest fatalities among teen drivers. With Nissan’s support, the number of ThinkFast® Interactive events has grown to more than 110 Tennessee middle and high schools across the state for the 2013/2014 school year. 


Nissan was recognized last year with the 2012 Lifesaver Award by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office for its support of teen driving safety initiatives and demonstrated commitment to safe driving behaviors.


“Providing educational tools to teen drivers is one of the most important things we can do.  The spirit in which Nissan has helped us attack the problems of teen driving exhibits the best in corporate sponsorship. We are proud to continue that partnership again this year," said Kendell Poole, director, Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America, with teenagers being involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.


Below is a list of schools scheduled to participate in the ThinkFast® Interactive program during the 2013/2014 school year.  This is not a comprehensive list.




Anderson County High School

Hillwood High School    

Robertsville Middle School

Apollo Middle School

Hixson High School


Rucker-Stewart Middle School

Bradford High School    

Holloway High School                    

Schilling Farms Middle School

Bradley Central High School    

Hunters Lane High School          

Siegel High School                      

Campbell County High School

HY Livesay Middle School

Signal Mountain High School    

Cannon County High School    

Independence High School    

Smyrna High School                    

Carpenter Middle School

Jefferson Middle School

South Greene High School    

Cascade Middle School

Karns High School


South Pittsburg High School        

Central High School                     

Marion County High School       

South Side High School    

Central Magnet High School       

McEwen High School    

Surgoinsville Middle School

Central Middle School

McMinn County High School    

Sullivan Central High School    

Charlotte Middle School

McMurray Middle School

Summit High School

Chattanooga Central High School

Middleton High School               

Sweetwater High School    


Clay County High School    

Midway High School

Sycamore Middle School

Cleveland High School    

Monterey High School

Unaka High School    

Cookeville High School

Montgomery Bell High School     

University School of Jackson

Cordova High School                 

Morristown-Hamblen High School West

Upperman High School

Cornersville High School    

North Greene High School

Van Buren County High School    

Crockett County High School

Northeast Middle School

Westmoreland High School

DuPont Hadley Middle School   

Northside High School

White County Middle School

E.A. Cox Middle School

Oakland High School

Whitehaven High School    

Franklin High School

Overton High School                    

White Station High School    

Gallatin High School    

Pearl Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School

William Blount High School

Germantown Middle School

Perry County High School

William James Middle School     

Gleason High School

Pigeon Forge High School    

York Institute High School           

Glencliff High School    

Rhea County High School    


Greenback High School    

Riverdale High School                 


Hancock County High School












About the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office

The Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office is a division of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Our vision at the Governor’s Highway Safety Office is to have all highway users arrive at their destination and to establish a time when there will be no loss of life on Tennessee’s roadways. Our mission is to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roads through leadership, innovation, coordination, and program support in partnership with other public and private organizations. In order to accomplish this mission, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office has developed an action plan that addresses the behavioral aspects of highway safety; that is, activities that affect the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of highway users and safety professionals. For the past four years, Tennessee has been able to reduce traffic fatalities by more than 25%, reaching the goals set forth by the State Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Our long-range goal is to reduce the number of traffic fatalities to 900 or less by the end of 2013. More information about Tennessee’s Governor’s Highway Safety Office can be found online at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us./ghso/ and http://www.tntrafficsafety.org.