Posen High participates in teen safe driving program

Posen High School is once again participating in a program that strives to make teenagers better and safer drivers.

Students at Posen and 37 other Michigan high schools have an opportunity to participate in the “Strive for a Safer Drive” (S4SD) program, which is a peer-led traffic safety campaign aimed at reducing the leading cause of death for teens – traffic crashes.

The program is a public-private partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund’s Driving Skills for Life program and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). It encourages teens to talk with their peers and their communities about making safe-driving choices.

Participating schools receive $1,000 for students to create teen-led traffic safety campaigns to educate their fellow classmates about distracted driving, seat belt use, speeding, underage drinking/impaired driving or winter driving.

In northeast Michigan only Posen High School is participating in the teen driving program.

In 2020, there were 473,443 licensed drivers aged 15 to 20, which represented 6.7 percent of all Michigan drivers. However, they accounted for 7.3 percent of all traffic deaths in the state, with 51.9 percent of those deaths being the driver.