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

Contact: Kristin Allen, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, allenk14@michigan.gov, 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:

Lakewood

Berrien County:

Benton Harbor

Calhoun County:

Harper Creek

Grand Traverse County:

Traverse City West

Hillsdale County:

Jonesville and Reading

Kent County:

Lowell

Leelanau County:

Glen Lake

Lenawee County:

Adrian

Livingston County:

Fowlerville and Hartland

Macomb County:

Henry Ford II

Marquette County:

Ishpeming

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:

Posen

Sanilac County:

Croswell-Lexington

Shiawassee County:

Ovid-Elsie

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, Michigan.gov/s4sd.

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

Contacts:         

Nolan Katerberg, Ford Motor Company, 313-845-8740, nkaterbe@ford.com

Kristin Allen, Office of Highway Safety Planning, 517-284-3141, allenk14@michigan.gov