Kelly Nantel (left), Vice President of Nat’l Safety Council, Danielle Branciforte (center), Deborah Hersman (right), President & CEO of Nat’l Safety Council.

State Coordinator for Florida SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and leader of the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition receives national recognition for work in teen traffic safety in Florida


Tallahassee, FL – On September 23, 2017, the National Safety Council formally presented its prestigious Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award to Ms. Danielle Branciforte, the statewide coordinator for Florida’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the leader of the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition, for her continued dedication to teen traffic safety.


Ms. Branciforte won recognition from the National Safety Council for her work in changing behaviors that reduce teen crashes. Ms. Branciforte led efforts in the state of Florida to educate and engage teens, parents, and communities around teen safe driving practices. During her leadership, Florida saw an 18% drop in fatal car crashes among 15-to-19 year old teen drivers and a 22% drop in among the state’s youngest drivers aged 15 to 17.


“I am truly honored to receive the award of Teen Driving Safety Leadership,” Danielle Branciforte said. “ Our group is made up of the most amazing partners, each of whom work tirelessly to keep teens safe on the road! Together we are a mighty force for good in the state of Florida, and as far as I’m concerned, this award is a reflection of US, not just me.”


Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens, yet these crashes are preventable. The National Safety Council presents the Teen Driving Safety Leadership Award to individuals or organizations working to improve teen driver safety and save lives.


“Our award winners recognize that safety is a journey rather than a destination,” Deborah A.P. Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council said. “These individuals and organizations constantly ask, ‘What more can we do?’ We are proud to honor the winners and to recognize all the outstanding nominees that share the Council’s goal of eliminating preventable deaths and injuries in our lifetime.”


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About the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council ( is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.


About Florida Students Against Destructive Decisions

The Florida Students Against Destructive Decisions (FL SADD) program is lead by the State Coordinator, Danielle Branciforte, and funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation. The purpose of FL SADD is to assist and encourage high school students to live safe, healthy, and substance-free lifestyles by creating chapters in their schools that support and promote positive decision-making. FL SADD is dedicated to educating students, parents, and others in the community concerning the problems of underage drinking, impaired driving, seatbelt usage, driver training, speeding, and red light running. The office provides statewide coordination and assistance to Florida’s 200+ SADD chapters and works in cooperation with many state agencies, local school districts, law enforcement offices, and other state and community based organizations.


About the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition

The Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition is an initiative created by the National Safety Council, and funded through a grant from the FDOT Safety Office in 2011, to address the issues of teen traffic safety in Florida. The Coalition is comprised of 45 active members from private and public agencies/foundations who actively work on our projects and who co-brand their own agencies with the Coalition’s name. Each year, the Coalition hosts a Leadership Academy where high school aged teens from across the state of Florida meet together to receive education on traffic safety issues. After the Leadership Academy, teens institute a peer-to-peer traffic safety project to raise awareness and save lives at their high school or in their home community.


Danielle Branciforte

Florida SADD, State Coordinator

Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition, Lead

(850) 570-8879


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