Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Vanessa Williams Signs Parent-Teen Driving Contract

The most important gift UGLY BETTY star Vanessa Williams plans to give her teenage son Devin this holiday season isn't the latest cell phone, a laptop or the hottest new video game. And his big present to her isn't a beautiful pair of earrings.

They're giving each other a conversation and a promise. And best of all, it's free.

With Devin on the verge of getting his learner's permit, Ms. Williams and her son signed an Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract today at the Marriott Marquis in New York before he gets behind the wheel. Based on conversations they had at home, their contract lays out expectations for smart driving decisions, and consequences if those expectations are not met.

It's a conversation Ms. Williams and Allstate hope all parents and their teens have this holiday season.

"As a mother of two older daughters, I've given them the car keys and worried whether they would make it home safe. The fact is that our teens are more likely to die in a car crash than from anything else, so having the safe driving talk with your teen is just as important as talking about drugs and sex," Williams said. "As the holidays arrive, parents and teens should use the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract as way to begin a conversation that can be a gift of life."

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