Michigan schools participate in teen safe driving program

Contact: Kari Arend, 517-284-3045

January 8, 2019

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

“Inexperience and risk-taking behavior are factors that increase the crash risk for young drivers,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “This campaign aims to increase safety and raise awareness about teen driving in a way that teens can relate to and better understand.”

The S4SD high schools for the 2018-2019 school year are:


Allegan County:


Barry County:


Bay County:


Berrien County:

Benton Harbor

Branch County:


Calhoun County:

Athens Jr./Sr. High School and Harper Creek

Cass County:

Cassopolis Ross Beatty

Chippewa County:


Clare-Gladwin Cos:

Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District (RESD)

Eaton County:

Grand Ledge and Potterville

Genesee County:

Atherton Jr./Sr. High School and Carman-Ainsworth

Grand Traverse County:

Traverse City West Senior High School

Hillsdale County:

Jonesville and Reading

Ionia County:


Lenawee County:

JC/LISD Academy

Livingston County:

Brighton and Hartland

Macomb County:

Chippewa Valley, Dakota, Dakota Ninth Grade Center, DiAnne M. Pellerin Center, Fraser, Lake Shore, and Paul K. Cousino

Marquette County:


Mason County:

West Shore ESD Career and Technical Education Center

Midland County:


Monroe County:

Bedford Senior High School, Dundee, Ida, and Monroe

Muskegon County:

Muskegon Area Career Tech Center

Newaygo County:


Oakland County:

Berkley, Holly, Lake Orion, Lakeland, Lamphere, Rochester Adams, and University High School-Ferndale

Ontonagon County:


Presque Isle County:

Onaway and Posen Consolidated

Sanilac County:


St. Clair County:

Anchor Bay

Tuscola County:


Washtenaw County:

Dexter and Skyline

Wayne County:

Ben Carson, Ecorse, Edsel Ford, Fordson, Golightly Career & Technical Center, Grosse Ile, John Glenn, Oscar A. Carlson, Plymouth, and Woodhaven


As part of the S4SD program, schools 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 winning 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 sponsored by Ford Driving Skills for Life in the spring. 

“Programs like Strive For a Safer Drive and Driving Skills for Life have been shown to be successful in helping young, novice drivers make smart decisions behind the wheel,” said Jim Graham, global manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. “Through hands-on learning, we hope to improve teen driver safety and decrease the risk that teen drivers pose to themselves and others.”

For more information about S4SD, please visit Michigan.gov/s4sd.

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