Midland High School is one of 62 Michigan high schools that has benefitted from efforts to make teenagers better, safer drivers by participating in Strive For a Safer Drive (S4SD), a public-private partnership between Ford Driving Skills for Life and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). The peer-led traffic safety campaign seeks to reduce traffic crashes which are the leading cause of death for teens.

“Inexperience and risk-taking behavior are factors that increase the crash risk for young drivers,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “This campaign aims to increase safety and raise awareness about teen driving in a way that teens can relate to and better understand.”

The Midland High School Project 111 team applied for the $1000.00 grant to create a teen-led traffic safety campaign to educate their fellow classmates about distracted driving, seat belt use, speeding, underage drinking/impaired driving or winter driving. Midland High received the grant in December.

Executive Director of Project 111 Sarah Schieber and two Midland High teens recently participated in the 2019 Ride and Drive event at Ford’s proving grounds in Romeo, MI. During the half-day Ride & Drive event, Marlee Bone and Micah Schieber learned key skills and gained experience in the areas that contribute to more than 60 percent of teen crashes, including:  hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed and space management, distracted, and impaired driving.

“Taking these students to Ford Driving Skills for Life was a wonderful opportunity,” said Sarah Schieber. “To see kids get hands-on behind-the-wheel experience in critical driving situations they face every day was priceless. They even had the fun of ‘drifting’ in a brand new Ford Mustang and learning how to apply counter-measures to get out of a spin. Absolutely priceless and a ton of fun at the same time!  Learning at it’s best.”

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