S4SD Teen Safe Driving Program Release

February 1, 2021                                                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Schools across Michigan participating

in teen safe driving program

Strive for a Safer Drive campaign in its 10th year

 

Students at 23 Michigan high schools will have the opportunity to become better, safer drivers by participating in the Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD) program. S4SD, a peer-led traffic safety campaign, aims to reduce the leading cause of death for teens – traffic crashes.

In 2019, teens and young adults age 15-20 accounted for 8 percent of all traffic deaths in Michigan, with 55.7 percent of those deaths being the driver. Inexperience and risk-taking behavior are the primary factors contributing to teen-driver fatalities.

In its 10th year, S4SD is a public-private partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund’s Driving Skills for Life program and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. The program encourages teens to talk to their peers and their communities about making safe driving choices.

The S4SD high schools for the 2020-21 school year are:      

 

SCHOOL                                              

COUNTY

Anchor Bay High School

St. Clair

Bay-Arenac Career Center Law Enforcement

Bay & Arenac

Carlson High School                                          

Wayne

Cousino High School                                         

Macomb

Dakota High School                                            

Macomb

Detroit Community Schools                              

Wayne

Dexter High School                                            

Washtenaw

Dundee High School                                          

Monroe

Fordson High School                                          

Wayne

Freeland High School                                        

Saginaw

Grand Blanc High School                  

Genesee

Grand Ledge High School                 

Eaton

Harper Creek High School                

Calhoun

Lake Orion High School

Oakland

Memphis High School                                       

Macomb & St. Clair

Ontonagon Area Schools                  

Ontonagon

Plymouth High School                                       

Oakland

Potterville High School                                       

Eaton

Port Huron Northern High School

St. Clair

Swan Valley High School                  

Saginaw

University High School Ferndale     

Oakland

Vassar High School                            

Tuscola

West Shore ESD CTE        

Mason

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As part of the S4SD program, each school receives $1,000 for students to create a teen-led traffic safety campaign to educate their classmates and the community about various topics, including distracted driving, seat belt use, speeding, underage drinking/impaired driving, and winter driving.

This project does not need face-to-face instruction to be effective as it can be done successfully in a virtual environment.

Schools will submit a video or PowerPoint outlining their campaign. Those schools with the top-five winning campaigns will receive cash prizes ranging from $500-$1,500.

Since the 2011 creation of S4SD, 173 different Michigan high schools have participated in the program.

The OHSP has partnered with the Transportation Improvement Association (TIA) to coordinate activities of the S4SD program.

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

 

Contacts:         

Nolan Katerberg, Ford Motor Company Fund, 616-915-0032, nkaterbe@ford.com

Dennis Raymo, OHSP, 517-331-5249, raymod@michigan.gov