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Fall 2011 | Vol. 13 | No. 3

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Ford Driving Skills for Life, AAA Michigan and State Launch Teen Driving Program

In October, a new and innovative partnership was launched between Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL), AAA Michigan and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. The program, called Strive for a Safer Driver (S4SD) provides funding and resources to help teens talk to teens about safe driving with the goal of reducing serious crashes, injuries and fatalities among Michigan’s new drivers.

S4SD will accommodate up to 50 high schools for the pilot 2011-2012 school year. Participating schools will receive a $2,000 grant from AAA Michigan to help fund activities. A team of students from each school will be asked to create their own peer-to-peer campaign focusing on seat belt use, speeding, underage drinking/ impaired driving and/or distracted driving.

JAMA September 14, 2011 issue cover
Edsel Ford High School Principal Hassane Jaafar at podium with speakers (from left to right) Mike Prince, OHSP; Jim Graham, Ford DSFL; Jack Peet, AAA Michigan; and Sergeant Doug Topoloski, Dearborn Police Department

Following three months of campaign activities, schools will prepare a summary of their accomplishments and submit it to the organizers. The schools determined to have the best campaigns will be eligible to send students to the Ford DSFL hands-on driving clinics.

The new program is modeled after the highly success Illinois Operation Teen Safe Driver program that was launched between the State, Ford DSFL and Allstate in 2007. The program, along with the state’s graduated licensing law, has been credited for reducing teen deaths by 50 percent.

More information about S4SD is available online at