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Winners of teen safe-driving program announced

Anchor Bay High School students finish first in statewide contest promoting safe teen driving

Plymouth, Coldwater, Lake Shore and West Shore also recognized

Anchor Bay High School students in St. Clair County took top honors statewide in recognition of the school’s Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD) campaign. 

The first-place selection recognizes the outstanding efforts of Anchor Bay students in educating their classmates and community about the dangers associated with winter driving in their Take Our Advice, Be Careful on Snow and Ice! campaign.

Plymouth High School in Wayne County finished second, while Coldwater High School in Branch County earned third place. Lakeshore High School in Macomb County took fourth place, and West Shore ESD CTE Criminal Justice Program in Mason County finished in fifth place.

As part of the S4SD program, the 38 participating schools each received $1,000, which the students used to create a teen-led campaign to educate their peers and community about various traffic safety topics, including speeding; seat belts; pedestrian, bicyclist and passenger safety; and impaired, distracted, nighttime and winter driving. The students met in-person and virtually between January and April of this year to conduct activities before submitting a final report.

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

In its 11th year, S4SD is a public-private partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund’s Driving Skills for Life (FDSFL) and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), which provides funding and resources with the goal of reducing teen traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.

Students from participating schools also have the chance to attend a free, hands-on driving clinic with professional instructors. For more information about FDSFL, visit

The OHSP partnered with the Transportation Improvement Association to coordinate activities of the S4SD program. For more information about S4SD, visit: