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Peer-to-peer education is one of the most effective tools to encourage safe driving behavior in teenagers. One state seeing the benefits of such programs is South Dakota, whose Office of Highway Safety used peer-to-peer education as the basis for its Lesson Learned program, which is now in its second year.
As one of the recipients of GHSA and Ford Driving Skills for Life’s 2016 teen safe driving grants, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office (MHSO) was able to host a series of one-day high school programs throughout the state to educate students on safe driving.
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) was a recipient of GHSA and Ford Driving Skills for Life's 2016 teen safe driving grants. Through this grant, KOHS was able to host a Teen Driver Safety Day at the 2016 Kentucky State Fair.
When the Illinois Department of Transportation's Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering received GHSA and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility's 2016 drugged driving grant, they planned to use the money to conduct 10 ARIDE classes in the state.
This spring, the Miami office of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is working once again to bring awareness to the dangers of aggressive driving through its Drive Safe campaign.
Having received a teen safe driving grant from Ford Driving Skills for Life and GHSA in 2016, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) was able to teach teens the importance of seat belt use through a state-wide contest.
The Florida Department of Transportation State Safety Office was a recipient of GHSA and Responsibility.org’s 2016 grant program aimed at training law enforcement in drug recognition.
In December 2016, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) held an Older Driver Safety Awareness Week to support and encourage safe transportation among an aging population of drivers.
In 2014 Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. That same year Colorado launched its Drive High, Get a DUI campaign to inform the public that the state’s DUI law includes impairment by marijuana.