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Ford, state join for teen driving safety program

Johnson joined Ford officials Tuesday in Dearborn to announce the Parent's Supervised Driving Program.

The Associated Press

12/4/2013

DEARBORN, Mich. — Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says Ford Motor Co. is paying for distribution of a guide for parents of teen drivers, who are disproportionately involved in fatal crashes.

Johnson joined Ford officials Tuesday in Dearborn to announce the Parent's Supervised Driving Program.

Johnson says drivers under 21 accounted for 10 percent of fatal crashes in Michigan last year. She says federal statistics show crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 14 to 18.

She says Ford will finance distribution of a teen driving guide to Michigan parents. Michigan's graduated license system provides restricted driving ability to teens starting at the age 14 years, 9 months.

The state says it issued about 116,000 Level 1 licenses to teen drivers in 2012.

Online: Teen driver guide: http://1.usa.gov/1bfws3h

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