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Monday, February 17, 2003
Blackstone (, a pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry, announced today the addition of the prepaid Teen Traffic Academy course to complement the popular prepaid online traffic school program. According to Gregg Berrian, president of Traffic Academy (, “In the state of Florida, it is mandatory for anybody who is applying for a drivers license for the first time, to take a state certified drug, alcohol and traffic awareness course (DATA Course) prior to applying for a learner’s permit. This course is designed to allow anybody to attend the course on the Internet, in the comfort of his or her home, at his or her convenience, and ultimately, the convenience of the teen’s parent.” Mike Acton, Blackstone’s general manager adds, “There are approximately 350,000 new drivers each year in the state of Florida. This group is comprised of two primary groups, teenagers and new immigrants. I can’t think of a cooler gift for any 15 year old than a prepaid DATA Course card!” Prepaid Teen Traffic Academy is available in a variety of options – physical cards, PINs via the Blackstone POS or PINs via the Blackstone self-service, interactive kiosk. The “student” purchases the product, accesses the Internet, enters the website indicated on the card, enters his or her PIN and “attends” Teen Traffic Academy. A pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry, Blackstone is currently one of the country’s largest providers of prepaid products and services with over 300,000 retail locations nationwide. Established and headquartered in Miami, Florida since 1995, Blackstone provides innovative solutions to local, national and international companies seeking to maximize their full potential – from calling cards, POS terminals, merchant processing, marketing & distribution to self-service, interactive kiosks – Blackstone offers a complete array of services to design, integrate and maintain high-impact, strategic business solutions via our global network of alliances and resources. Blackstone POS, Blackstone V-Commerce and Blackstone e-Vending are trademarks of Blackstone Communications Co.; US and foreign patents pending.