Teen Driving Initiative

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A safe driving campaign for teenagers kicked off this week at the Illinois State Fair. It is the seventh year for the effort.

Officials from the Department of Transportation say Operation Teen Safe Driving has contributed to teen motor fatalities dropping by 55 percent since 2007.

The statewide program is sponsored by IDOT, the Illinois State Police, and the Ford Motor Company.

The program encourages high schools throughout the state to apply for $2,000 grants to initiate a peer led safe driving program.

The selection process requires students to identify traffic safety issues within each of their communities, including underage drinking, driving unbuckled, driving impaired and distracted driving. A total of 105 high schools participated last year.

Applications for this year's program are available now and due in October.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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