GEICO'S Virginia Beach office to receive 2018 John T. Hanna Award for Youth Traffic Safety

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Jan. 30, 2019 – GEICO is honored to be a recipient of the 2018 John T. Hanna Award for Youth Traffic Safety for its distracted driving awareness program. Drive Safe Hampton Roads presented the award to GEICO to honor traffic safety excellence in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area.

"Drive Safe Hampton Roads applauds outstanding organizations such as GEICO in our quest to improve traffic safety within the region. GEICO's Distracted Driving Awareness Program is a model for helping to educate our youngest motorists on the perils of distracted driving," said Robert P. Clinebell, President, Drive Safe Hampton Roads.

GEICO created a distracted driving awareness program in an effort to help teach young drivers about the importance of making responsible decisions behind the wheel. Using both safety talking points and a driving simulator, GEICO associates introduce the issue of distracted driving to teens who attend area events.

When using the simulator, participants attempt to drive while texting, taking a selfie, reaching for items or interacting with a passenger. When they divert their attention to these types of secondary tasks, they miss unexpected events in the driving simulations, which often come with dire consequences. Driving on the simulator illustrates that distractions have a negative impact on a driver's ability to react to common road situations.

"The goal is not only to educate drivers to the dangers of distracted driving, but also to develop passenger advocates who are aware of the risks of distracted driving," says John Pham, GEICO regional vice president. "The combination of discussion and simulated action encourages participants to speak up if they're riding in a car with someone who is clearly distracted," he said.

The John T. Hanna Awards are sponsored by Drive Safe Hampton Roads (DSHR), a non-profit regional coalition whose mission is to increase the community's involvement and awareness of traffic safety issues.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, GEICO employs more than 43,000 associates countrywide. GEICO constantly strives to make lives better by protecting people against unexpected events while saving them money and providing an outstanding customer experience. Along with personal auto insurance, commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available. Homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft, term life, and more coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Visit geico.com for a quote or to learn more.