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Summer 2011 | Vol. 13 | No. 2

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Ford Driving Skills for Life Completes Busy Summer, Looks to Fall Northeast Tour

Ford Motor Company Fund and GHSA’s teen driving program, Ford Driving Skills for Life (FDSFL) was active this summer and has a full plate of activities to educate teen drivers this fall.

Teens across the country were invited to write a song about the dangers of distracted driving. The public selected the five finalists on www.drivingskillsforlife.com from among videos by teen musicians performing original songs. Usher’s New Look Foundation then selected the first, second and third place winners. The winning group of teens received $25,000 in savings bonds and a free trip to Usher’s New Look Foundation World Leadership Conference.

fMore than 400 teens received hands on training at Ford Driving Skills for Life summer camp in Louisville, Kentucky. The program was put on by Ford, GHSA, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and Westfield Insurance.

FDSFL’s annual summer camps were held in late July in Louisville, Kentucky. More than 400 teens participated in the two-day training held at the University of Louisville’s Papa John Stadium. Michigan teens also received hands-on training courtesy of a FDSFL grant to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

Ford and GHSA are working on an ambitious fall schedule, highlighted by the 30-city high school safe driving tour visiting New England and New York. This is part of the new $1 million dollar investment in teen driving that Ford announced earlier in 2011. Additionally, GHSA members in New York, Maine, Massachusetts, and Missouri will be conducting teen programs this fall with funding from FDSFL. Also, two-day ride-and-drive trainings are scheduled for Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Early planning has already begun for an equally ambitious schedule for 2012. GHSA Members wishing to partner with FDSFL in 2012 should plan to meet with Ford representatives at the upcoming GHSA Annual Meeting.

For 30-City tour dates, visit the GHSA's FDSFL web page.