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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2010

Contacts: Della DiPietro
Ford Motor Company
313-720-8095
ddipietr@ford.com
Jonathan Adkins
Governors Highway Safety Association
(202)789-0942
jadkins@ghsa.org

Teens are "Belting it Out" with Ford and GHSA's
Campaign to Sing for Safety

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Teens across the country are using their creative talents to write and record music with an important message: what can we do about the leading cause of death in our generation?

More than 6,000 young lives are lost on American roads each year. Ford Driving Skills for Life, an award winning teen driving program developed by Ford Motor Company Fund and the Governors Highway Safety Association, created the "Belt it Out: Sing for Safety" safe driving campaign to encourage teens to compose songs with safe driving messages. Winners will receive up to $5,000 in US savings bonds.

In a Harris Interactive Study commissioned by Ford, 44% of teens admitted to driving too fast and 15% of teens said they text while driving. Ford Driving Skills for Life emphasizes four key skill areas: speed management, space management, vehicle handling and hazard recognition. Experts have identified the lack of these skills to be the cause of approximately 60 percent of vehicle crashes for newly licensed drivers ages 16-19. Ford Driving Skills for Life has reached hundreds of thousands of teens online through interactive training and thousands more in hands-on driving events around the country.

Entries from the ten finalists are posted on www.drivingskillsforlife.com. Members of the public can help select the winners by voting online for their favorite songs.

The ten finalists are:

Four Girls and a Guy  Westchester & Chicago, IL
H-M Singers Maplewood, MN
Buckle Up Nashville, TN
Drive Safely Pittsburgh, PA
Kick it in Gear Hudsonville, MI
Alive with Five Rosemount, MN
Semi Sweet Pearl City, HI
Alexa Tumbarello Duanesburg, NY
Emily Whitcomb Winona, MN
Stephanie Swaney Tuscola, IL

The top five finishers will progress to the final round of the competition on May 1st. Ford Driving Skills for Life spokesperson, Kate Voegele (popular singer, songwriter and actress) will select the top three entries which will be announced June 1st.

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