GBHS participating in safe driver campaign

GRAND BLANC — Grand Blanc High School is among 23 Michigan high schools offering students the opportunity to become better, safer drivers by participating in the Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD) program.

S4SD, a peer-led traffic safety campaign, aims to reduce the leading cause of death in teens – traffic crashes.

In 2019, teens and young adults age 15 to 20 years old accounted for 8 percent of all traffic deaths in Michigan, with 55.7 percent of those deaths being drivers.

Inexperience and risk-taking behavior are the primary factors contributing to teen driver fatalities, according to information released last week by the state Office of Highway Safety Planning.

As part of S4SD, each school receives $1,000 for students to create teen-led traffic safety campaigns to educate their classmates and the community about various topics, including distracted driving, seat belt use, speed, underage drinking/impaired driving, and winter driving.

Schools will submit videos or PowerPoints outlining their campaigns. The top five campaigns will receive cash prizes ranging from $500 to $1,500.

Now in its 10th year, S4SD is a public-private partnership between the OHSP and Fort Motor Company Fund’s Driving Skills for Life program.

The program encourages teens to talk to their peers and their communities about making safe driving choices. — L.R.