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OPERATION TEEN SAFE DRIVING…. and two thumbs up to Ford Motor Company

Posted by carsdiva on May 7, 2009

Did you know that in 2008, nearly 7,000 teenagers in the U.S. were killed in an automobile accident? (This is the leading cause of death among this demographic.)

Ford Driving Skills for Life That being said, in 2007 the state of Illinois took a proactive approach to the matter in conjunction with the Ford Fund and the Governors Highway Safety Association, to create and launch the campaign, “Operation Teen Safe Driving.” This is one of the nation’s most comprehensive safety campaigns, giving each participating high school a $1,000 grant to allow their students to create programs aimed to decrease the number of crashes and fatalities due to automobile accidents. As a result, the top 20 schools are granted permission to participate in Ford’s “Ride & Drive” safety clinics, sponsored by Ford Motor Company.

The 2009 “Operation Teen Safe Driving” program in Illinois included 96 participating high schools, of which 20 were deemed winners and able to participate in the hands-on Ride & Drive clinic at U.S. Cellular Arena, announced by the Ford Motor Company Fund, Governor Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Governors Highway Safety Association, and the Allstate Foundation. Winners were determined by an independent panel, after each of the 96 schools was granted $1,000 in August 2008 to create their campaigns.Ford Driving Skills for Life 2

The statistics are telling as a result of the second year of this program. In 2008, from January 1st to March 15, a total of 20 teenagers (16-19 years of age) lost their lives to vehicle crashes in Illinois. This year that number has decreased to 16. Since 2007, this program has helped to reduce teen automotive fatalities by over 40%.

The 2009 Illinois winning schools that participated in the Ford “Driving Skills for Life” program included:

1. De La Salle Institute Chicago, IL

2. Alan B. Shepard High School Palos Heights, IL

3. Buffalo Grove High School Buffalo Grove, IL

4. Mount Assisi High School Lemont, IL

5. Gardner-South Wilmington High School Gardner, IL

6. Romeoville High School Romeoville, IL

7. Harry D. Jacobs High School Algoquin, IL

8. Clifton Central High School Clifton, IL

9. Somonauk High School Somonauk, IL

10. Roanoke-Benson High School Roanoke, IL

11. East Peoria Community High School East Peoria, IL

12. Deer Creek Mackinaw High School Mackinaw, IL

13. Hillside Bethel Christian School Decatur, IL

14. Quincy Senior High School Quincy, IL

15. New Berlin High School New Berlin, IL

16. Cerro Gordo High School Cerro Gordo, IL

17. Griggsville-Perry High Schools Griggsville, IL

18. Gillespie High School Gillespie, IL

19. Sesser-Valier High School Sesser, IL

20. Althoff Catholic High School Belleville, IL

Kudos to Ford Motor Company for taking the initiative to encourage safe driving and make a difference amongst America’s teenagers!!!

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