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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2014

Contact: Kara Macek, 202-789-0942, x140

States Receive Teen Driving Grants to Address Risky Behaviors

Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, and North Dakota Selected

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Car crashes remain the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds in the U.S. To help combat this problem, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) announced today that six of its member State Highway Safety Offices have been awarded $100,000 in grants from Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL). Elements of the award-wining teen driving program, developed collaboratively by Ford Motor Company Fund and GHSA, will be incorporated into initiatives implemented by the highway safety offices in Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, and North Dakota.

GHSA invited its members to apply for the grant, which provides up to $20,000 in seed money for teen-driving related activities. GHSA and Ford DSFL representatives reviewed the applications and selected the following state initiatives for funding:

Since its creation in 2003, Ford DSFL has partnered with nearly every GHSA member state on a wide variety of teen driving programs and activities. “Providing learning opportunities that are not only instructive, but also engaging is more likely to compel teens to become safe, responsible drivers,” said GHSA Chairman Kendell Poole. “We thank the Ford Driving Skills for Life team for continuing to partner with the states on this important effort.”

In addition to the state grants, summer and fall Ford DSFL teen driver training events will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah; Denver, Colorado; Kansas City; Louisville, Kentucky; Charleston, West Virginia; and Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. More information is available at www.drivingskillsforlife.com.

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About GHSA
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit www.ghsa.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GHSAhq or follow us on Twitter at @GHSAHQ.