West Shore Educational Service District students finish first in state contest to promote safe teen driving

Contact: Kari Arend, 517-284-3045

May 1, 2019


West Shore ESD Career and Technical Education Center criminal justice students in Ludington took top honors statewide for the second year in a row for the school’s Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD) campaign.  The first-place selection recognizes the outstanding efforts of West Shore ESD students in educating their classmates and community about the dangers of not wearing seat belts with the campaign “Buckle Up! Or get the No Belt Prize!”

S4SD, presented by Ford Driving Skills for Life and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, provides funding and resources to help teens talk to their peers and community members about safe driving with the goal of reducing traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.

Fraser High School in Macomb County finished second.  Lake Shore High School in St. Clair Shores earned third place. Grand Ledge High School in Eaton County took fourth place. And Anchor Bay High School in Ira Township finished in fifth place.

The top schools are selected based on creativity, execution and compliance with the S4SD participation requirements. The top five campaigns will receive a cash prize ranging from $500-$1,500.

This school year, 63 Michigan high schools each received $1,000 to create a student-led, peer-to-peer traffic safety awareness campaign.  Campaign topics included distracted driving, seat belts, underage drinking/impaired driving, speeding and winter driving.  The students conducted activities between December 2018 and March of this year before submitting a final report.

Students from participating schools can also attend a free, hands-on driving clinic with professional driving instructors at the Ford Proving Grounds in Romeo which will be held on May 6. For more information about S4SD, including how to enter for the 2019/2020 school year, go to: www.michigan.gov/s4sd.

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