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Students at 2 area schools working to make teenagers better, safer drivers

Submitted by on January 11, 2019 – 12:44 amNo Comment

Students at 62 Michigan high schools will soon benefit from efforts to make teenagers better, safer drivers.

Students in those schools are participating in Strive For a Safer Drive (S4SD), a public-private partnership between Ford Driving Skills for Life and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP).

The peer-led traffic safety campaign seeks to reduce traffic crashes which are the leading cause of death for teens.

Two school districts in northeast Michigan, Onaway Area Schools and Posen Consolidated Schools, are among those participating in the program.  Schools will receive $1,000 for students to create a teen-led traffic safety campaign to educate their fellow classmates about distracted driving, seat belt use, speeding, underage drinking/impaired driving or winter driving.

Schools will submit a video or PowerPoint outlining campaign activities.  The top five campaigns will be selected and those schools will 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.

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