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Ford Driving Skills for Life Rolls through Ohio; Alaska, Idaho and Montana are Next
Ford Driving Skills for Life, the award-winning teen driving program developed jointly by Ford Motor Company Fund and GHSA just completed a tour through Ohio’s largest cities.
The program offered two full days of hands-on driving safety lessons to teens (and many parents) in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland. The effort was jointly sponsored and funded by Westfield Insurance and GHSA’s member, the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services. Barbara Harsha, GHSA Executive Director said, “This unique effort in Ohio is a great model for other states to consider, particularly with the increased focus on teen driving in the recently passed transportation funding authorization.”
Next on tap for Ford Driving Skills for Life is a continuation of the Pacific Northwest tour. Stops are planned at schools in Alaska, Idaho and Montana in the fall.
A Cincinnati-area teen poses with Jim Graham of Ford Fund and Felice Moretti of the Ohio Highway Safety Office.
Additionally, the program announced $100,000 in grants to five GHSA members. The money will be used to incorporate program components into highway safety office sponsored programs and events. Winning states are: Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin, Virginia and Utah.
Program planning for 2013 has already begun. GHSA members wishing to bring Ford Driving Skills for Life to their state should plan to talk with program organizers at the GHSA Annual Meeting.