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GHSA News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2011

Contact: Jonathan Adkins or Kara Macek
(202)789-0942, ext. 13 or ext. 14
(202)669-9746, cell

State Highway Safety Agencies Receive Teen Driving Grant Funding

Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri and New York are the winners

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As National Youth Traffic Safety Month kicks off, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) announced that four of its members have received $80,000 in grant funding from Ford Driving Skills For Life (Ford DSFL), the teen driving program developed collaboratively by Ford Motor Company Fund and GHSA. $20,000 each is being awarded to highway safety agencies in Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri and New York. States will use these funds to conduct teen driving initiatives incorporating the award-winning Ford DSFL program.

Earlier this year, GHSA invited its members to apply for the grants. A panel consisting of GHSA and Ford representatives reviewed applications and selected winners. Summaries of planned activities include:

Since its creation in 2003, Ford DSFL has partnered with approximately 40 GHSA members on a wide-variety of teen driving programs and activities. According to GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha, “With state budgets continuing to be very tight, this private sector support is absolutely critical. Ford has stepped in and helped states educate teen drivers in an innovative manner.” In addition to the state grants, this year Ford DSFL is conducting a 30-city high school tour, a statewide program in Illinois, a summer camp in Kentucky and hands-on driving events in Arizona.

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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)® is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit www.ghsa.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GHSAhq.