Record Number of Michigan Schools to Take Part in Teen Safe Driving Program

Contact: Kristin Allen, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning,, 517-284-3141
Agency: State Police

January 24, 2017

More than 54,000 students at 50 Michigan high schools will soon benefit from efforts to make teenagers better, safer drivers.

Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD) is a public-private partnership between Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning that seeks to reduce traffic crashes; the leading cause of death for teens.  In 2015, there were 41,961 crashes in Michigan with a driver age 15-19.  Those crashes resulted in 84 fatalities and 477 serious injuries.

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

The S4SD schools for the 2016-2017 school year are:

Antrim County:

Central Lake

Barry County:


Berrien County:

Benton Harbor

Calhoun County:

Harper Creek

Grand Traverse County:

Traverse City West

Hillsdale County:

Jonesville and Reading

Kent County:


Leelanau County:

Glen Lake

Lenawee County:


Livingston County:

Fowlerville and Hartland

Macomb County:

Henry Ford II

Marquette County:


Mason County:

Mason County Eastern

Midland County:

Herbert Henry Dow

Monroe County:

Dundee, Ida and Monroe

Muskegon County:

Mona Shores

Oakland County:

Clarkston, Holly, Lake Orion, Lamphere, Pontiac Academy for Excellence, Troy Athens, University and Waterford Kettering

Ontonagon County:

Ontonagon Area

Osceola County:

Pine River

Ottawa County:

Spring Lake

Presque Isle County:


Sanilac County:


Shiawassee County:


St. Joseph County:

Three Rivers

Van Buren County:

South Haven

Washtenaw County:

Dexter, Lincoln Senior, Skyline and Ypsilanti

Wayne County:

Benjamin Franklin, Carlson, Edsel Ford, Flat Rock, Golightly Career & Technical Center, John Glenn, Lincoln Park, Plymouth, Roosevelt and Wayne Memorial


Schools will submit a video or PowerPoint outlining campaign activities.  The top five campaigns will be selected as the winning schools and 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 in the spring.  A video about the program is on the S4SD website,

This project is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013.


Nolan Katerberg, Ford Motor Company, 313-845-8740,

Kristin Allen, Office of Highway Safety Planning, 517-284-3141,