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Driving Skills for Life News Release

MEDIA ALERT

Ford Motor Company Fund, Governors Highway Safety Association, Westfield Insurance,
and the Ohio Department of Public Safety bring

Ford Driving Skills for Life Hands-On Teen Safe Driving Program to Columbus

Who:
Over 400 teens ages 15 -19 in the Columbus area who have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit.

What:
Teen drivers will learn advanced safe-driving skills from some of the nation's top professional driving instructors in real automobiles. The course will take teens through the dangerous realities of reckless driving, speeding, maneuvering around obstacles in the road, skid control, recovery and in-car hazards.  The specially equipped course and vehicles will let the teen drivers experience the worst the road has to offer in a controlled and safe environment.

When:

Press Conference
Thursday, June 17
10:30 AM

  • Jim Graham, Ford Fund
  • Jani Davis, Westfield Insurance
  • Thomas Stickrath, Director, Ohio Department of Public Safety
  • Colonel David W. Dicken, Superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol
  • Richard Birt, 2009-2010 Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) National Student of the year.
Driving Sessions
Thursday, June 17 AND Friday, June 18
Session times each day:
Session 1:   8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session 2: 12:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Where:
Ohio Expo Center
717 East 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43211

Why:
Vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teenagers in America — claiming nearly 6,000 teen lives each year
.

Because of figures like these, Ford Motor Company Fund, Governors Highway Safety Association and a panel of safety experts developed Ford Driving Skills for Life. This comprehensive program focuses on teaching skills necessary for safe driving and often not fully understood by new drivers.

The Ohio Ford Driving Skills for Life program is the result of a partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund, Governors Highway Safety Association, Westfield Insurance and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

For more information, please contact:

Judd Templin
Ford Motor Company
(614)560-3399
jtempli4@ford.com
Kristen Castle
ODPS
(614)728-4623
kcastle@dps.state.oh.us
Jani Davis
Westfield Insurance
(330)887-6150
janidavis@westfieldgrp.com