Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD) Winners Announced

Contact: Kari Arend, 517-284-3045

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

Bedford, DiAnne Pellerin Center, Clarkston and Dakota high schools also recognized

West Shore ESD Career and Technical Education Center criminal justice students in Ludington took top honors statewide for the school’s Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD) distracted driving and seat belt safety campaign.  The first place selection recognizes the outstanding efforts of West Shore ESD students in educating their classmates about the dangers of distracted driving with their campaign “Drive Focused or Die Distracted.”

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 other teens about safe driving with the goal of reducing traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.

Bedford High School in Temperance, finished second.  DiAnne Pellerin Center in Clinton Township earned third place. Clarkston High School in Clarkson took fourth place. And Dakota High School in Macomb 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, a record setting 61 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 2017 and March of this year before submitting a final report.

Students from participating schools will also attend a free hands-on driving clinic with professional driving instructors at the Ford Proving Grounds in Romeo on Monday, May 7.

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