DETROIT -- The Chrysler group is celebrating the 21st birthday of its minivans with an event aimed at ensuring that more teenagers reach their 21st birthdays.
Chrysler is sending 21 minivans to 21 U.S. cities to promote safe teenage driving.
During the tour, it is donating the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
The minivan tour also is observing the 21st birthday of the federal law that prohibits alcohol consumption before age 21. The law has saved an estimated 21,000 lives, Chrysler says.
The tour is timed to coincide with the high school prom and graduation season.
At Chrysler-sponsored pep rallies, students sign pledges not to drink and drive. The student also can sign one of the touring minivans.
More than one-half of all fatal vehicle crashes during prom weekends involve alcohol, MADD says.
The minivan tour began April 13 and runs through Thursday, May 5.
The tour stops are: Washington; New York; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Cleveland; Detroit; Chicago; Milwaukee; St. Louis; Nashville, Tenn.; Memphis, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Montgomery, Ala.; Miami; Tampa, Fla.; Houston; Dallas; Phoenix; San Diego, Los Angeles; and Sacramento, Calif.
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