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Ford Fund, Governors Highway Safety Association Work to Combat Teen Speeding

Ford Fund, Governors Highway Safety Association Work to Combat Teen Speeding Ford


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Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford, and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) are extending their 18-year commitment to improving teen driving skills by awarding grants totaling $135,000 to six State Highway Safety Offices and announcing the return of Ford Driving Skills for Life hands-on driver training clinics. 

Vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teen drivers and data from GHSA and Ford Fund’s "Teens & Speeding: Breaking the Deadly Cycle" report released earlier this year found more than 2,000 teen vehicle occupant deaths occur each year.


When looking at data from fatal motor vehicle crashes between 2015 and 2019, 43% of teen driver and passenger fatalities involved speeding. By comparison, 30% of fatalities involving drivers and passengers ages 20 and up were speeding-related.


Additionally, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, traffic deaths are estimated to have reached a 13-year high in 2020, despite a decline in driving during the COVID-19 pandemic. A NHTSA report estimates last year, 38,680 people were killed on U.S roadways in 2020---the highest number since 2007 and an increase of 7.2% from 2019. Speeding is often identified as a factor in fatal crashes.


State Highway Safety Offices in Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, New York, Tennessee and Utah are receiving grants ranging from $18,000 to $25,000 to create and implement programs to help combat teen speeding.


“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, and speeding is often a significant factor,” said Jonathan Adkins, GHSA executive director. “We must remain steadfast in our commitment to combat traffic fatalities and equip teens with the skills they need to be safe drivers.”


Ford Fund and GHSA also are resuming their award-winning teen driver safety program---Ford Driving Skills for Life---following a 15-month pause in hands-on training due to COVID-19.


An eight-city tour of free, safe-driving clinics kicks off Aug. 7-8 in Anaheim, CA, with additional stops planned in...

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