Michigan schools participate in teen safe driving program

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Students at 62 Michigan high schools will soon benefit from efforts to make teenagers better, safer drivers by participating in Strive For a Safer Drive (S4SD), a public-private partnership between Ford Driving Skills for Life and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). The peer-led traffic safety campaign seeks to reduce traffic crashes which are the leading cause of death for teens.

“Inexperience and risk-taking behavior are factors that increase the crash risk for young drivers,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “This campaign aims to increase safety and raise awareness about teen driving in a way that teens can relate to and better understand.”

The S4SD high schools for the 2018-2019 school year are:

Allegan County: Otsego
Barry County: Lakewood
Bay County: Garber
Berrien County: Benton Harbor
Branch County: Coldwater
Calhoun County: Athens Jr./Sr. High School and Harper Creek
Cass County: Cassopolis Ross Beatty
Chippewa County: Rudyard
Clare-Gladwin Cos: Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District (RESD)
Eaton County: Grand Ledge and Potterville
Genesee County: Atherton Jr./Sr. High School and Carman-Ainsworth
Grand Traverse County: Traverse City West Senior High School
Hillsdale County: Jonesville and Reading
Ionia County: Ionia
Lenawee County: JC/LISD Academy
Livingston County: Brighton and Hartland
Macomb County: Chippewa Valley, Dakota, Dakota Ninth Grade Center, DiAnne M. Pellerin Center, Fraser, Lake Shore, and Paul K. Cousino
Marquette County: Ishpeming
Mason County: West Shore ESD Career and Technical Education Center
Midland County: Midland
Monroe County: Bedford Senior High School, Dundee, Ida, and Monroe
Muskegon County: Muskegon Area Career Tech Center
Newaygo County: Newaygo
Oakland County: Berkley, Holly, Lake Orion, Lakeland, Lamphere, Rochester Adams, and University High School-Ferndale
Ontonagon County: Ontonagon
Presque Isle County: Onaway and Posen Consolidated
Sanilac County: Croswell-Lexington
St. Clair County: Anchor Bay
Tuscola County: Vassar
Washtenaw County: Dexter and Skyline
Wayne County: Ben Carson, Ecorse, Edsel Ford, Fordson, Golightly Career & Technical Center, Grosse Ile, John Glenn, Oscar A. Carlson, Plymouth, and Woodhaven

As part of the S4SD program, schools receive $1,000 for students to create a teen-led traffic safety campaign to educate their fellow classmates about distracted driving, seat belt use, speeding, underage drinking/impaired driving or winter driving.

Schools will submit a video or PowerPoint outlining campaign activities. The top five campaigns will be selected and those winning schools will win a cash prize ranging from $500-$1,500. Following their activities, schools will have the opportunity to send students to a free hands-on driving clinic with professional driving instructors sponsored by Ford Driving Skills for Life in the spring.

“Programs like Strive For a Safer Drive and Driving Skills for Life have been shown to be successful in helping young, novice drivers make smart decisions behind the wheel,” said Jim Graham, global manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. “Through hands-on learning, we hope to improve teen driver safety and decrease the risk that teen drivers pose to themselves and others.”

For more information about S4SD, please visit Michigan.gov/s4sd.

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