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Tim Hollister Honored by Governors Highway Safety Association for Safe Teen Driving Book

September 9, 2014

Firm partner Tim Hollister received a national Highway Safety Award from The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) for his book Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving, and his advocacy for safer teen driving.

GHSA, which represents the traffic safety offices of the 50 states and U.S. territories, presented Hollister with a Peter O'Rourke Special Achievement Award at its annual conference, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During his long career, Peter O'Rourke served California as a highway patrolman and director of its Office of Traffic Safety, and rose to be GHSA's national Chairman.

Hollister's 17-year-old son Reid, the driver, died in a one-car crash in 2006. Since serving during 2007-08 as a parent on a task force that strengthened Connecticut's teen driver laws, Hollister has become a national authority on parenting of teen drivers. In 2009, he launched his national blog for parents, From Reid's Dad, www.fromreidsdad.org, which recently has drawn nearly 30,000 visitors per month. In 2013, the Chicago Review Press published Not So Fast, which Publisher's Weekly called, “A concise, practical and potentially life-saving book that should be required reading for every parent before their teen gets behind the wheel.”

Garry Lapidus, Director of the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, nominated Hollister and Not So Fast, with support from the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The nomination emphasized the book's "evidence-based advice" and called its publication “a significant public service.”

“Since its publication last year, our Center has made Not So Fast a critically important part of our outreach to parents and teens about safe teen driving,” said Lapidus. “No other resource matches the range of topics and sound advice presented succinctly in Not So Fast. We are proud to work with Tim on educating parents of teen drivers.”

Thomas Maziarz, Connecticut's Representative for Highway Safety, said that, “Tim's dedication to educating parents has been nothing short of admirable. The careful analysis he presents in Not So Fast is a great resource for any parent with a teen driver.”

On behalf of GHSA, Executive Director Jonathan Adkins praised Hollister's advocacy: “Our Association is honoring Tim Hollister not only for turning tragedy into public service, but also because his blog, From Reid's Dad, and his book Not So Fast, provide articulate explanations and sound advice in a unique, powerful parent-to-parent voice.”
 “Safe teen driving consists of driving skills, teen driving laws, and parenting,” said Hollister. “I wrote Not So Fast to fill a gap in the national literature on parenting teen drivers. My focus is not handling a vehicle, but educating parents about what they can do to prevent the most dangerous situations from happening in the first place, and empowering them to follow through.”

Proceeds from the sales of Not So Fast support the Reid Hollister Memorial Fund, a church-held endowment that supports infant and toddler education in Hartford, Connecticut, and several traffic safety programs.

GHSA's recognition of Not So Fast follows the U.S. Department of Transportation's recognition of Hollister's advocacy with its 2010 national public service award, the nation's highest civilian honor for traffic safety.

Pictured:  Tim Hollister (right) receives award from GHSA Chairman Kendell Poole of Tennessee (left).

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