Ford Driving Skills for Life Celebrates 10 Years of Success in Illinois
Ford Driving Skills for Life celebrated its 10th year of service in the state of Illinois last month when the national tour returned to Tazewell County to provide important advice to some 110 teenage drivers.
Ford Driving Skills for Life’s history in Tazewell Country goes back to 2007, when the initiative was launched after 15 teenaged drivers were killed in crashes over the course of 15 months. According to data culled from the Illinois Department of Transportation, teen fatalities in the state of Illinois have been cut by 50% over a decade.
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“Ford Driving Skills for Life and the Allstate Foundation are pleased to provide funding for more than 100 schools yearly to support programming and hands-on driving clinics across Illinois,” said Jim Graham, global manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. “A combination of education, enforcement, improved technology, and legislation has proved to make a real difference in reducing traffic fatalities across the state.”
The 2017 visit to Tazewell County was attended by members of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois DoT as well as the 110 teen drivers and a number of parents.
“The community-wide effort in Tazewell County is nothing less than spectacular,” said Robert Huston, Tazewell County sheriff. “All seven schools endorsed the program, with people from a broad range of areas participating to make a difference. The positive results clearly show—teen deaths here have declined dramatically since 2005-2006. I would like to personally thank Ford Motor Company Fund for bringing Driving Skills for Life once again to our county, and for providing grants to support this ongoing program over the years.”
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