In December, Tri-County Operation Cool, a teen driving safety program, received a donation of $20,000 from Mitsubishi Motors. TCOC uses education and award incentives to encourage teen drivers to wear seatbelts and drive more consciously.

Tri-County Operation Cool goes to 19 schools in DeWitt, McLean, and Livingston Counties in central Illinois, where they’ve helped more than 10,000 students in their 18 years. Mitsubishi has been involved in the program since it began in 1997 after a dramatic increase in teen driving deaths. TCOC participants sign a pledge to stay in school, never drive under the influence, and always wear a seatbelt and ask their passengers to do the same.

Mitsubishi Motors North American executive vice president Don Swearingen says Mitsubishi is proud to be part of TCOC and that “MMNA is committed to giving back to the local community organizations,” which is emphasized by their sizable donation to the program.

TCOC is also a great opportunity for local residents to volunteer. They offer a variety of positions, from teaching seatbelt safety to designing signs and pamphlets. If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, this is a great cause to support!