More Michigan student drivers get chance at safe driving program

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Students at every Michigan high school now have a chance to participate in a driving safety program.

The announcement about the Strive For a Safer Drive program, or S4SD, comes ahead of the Oct. 18-24 National Teen Driver Safety Week.

The partnership between Ford Driving Skills for Life and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning seeks to reduce traffic crashes involving teens.

The state says in 2014 there were 40,865 crashes in Michigan with a driver age 15-19, resulting in 69 deaths and 479 serious injuries.

Up to 50 schools will be selected to develop and implement a campaign on topics including distracted driving, seat belts and underage drinking. Previously, the program was limited to the top counties for teen driver traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

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