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      Grant helps schools create safe teen driving programs

      Three Illinois schools in the Tri-States got some good news from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

      The school have been selected to be a part of the 2010-2011 Operation Teen Safe Driving Program.

      105 high schools across Illinois will participate in this initiative to create student led safe driving programs.

      To help create the programs, each school will get two thousand dollars in grant funding from IDOT and the Allstate Foundation.

      At the end of the program each school will present a report on what they did.

      The school are broken up into 7 regions and the top five schools will be invited to a special safe driving event sponsored by the Ford Motor Company.

      The schools in our area include: Quincy Senior High School, Beardstown High School & Griggsville-Perry High School

      Below you will find the complete press release including a full list of all the school selected to particiapte in the program.


      The following is a press release from the Illinois Department of Transportation:

      IDOT Secretary and Partners Unveil List of Selected Schools for 2010-2011 Operation Teen Safe Driving Program

      Participating Schools Will Receive Grant to Create/Implement Student-Led Program

      SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig, state and corporate partners today announced the high schools selected to participate in the 2010-2011 Operation Teen Safe Driving (OTSD) program. This statewide safety initiative is designed for teens to educate their peers about driving responsibly in an effort to decrease the number of fatalities and injuries involving teenagers in Illinois.

      In total, 105 high schools statewide were selected to participate in this innovative program, which utilizes Ford Motor Company Fund TMs nationally recognized Ford Driving Skills for Life program. The selected high schools are equally distributed in seven regions across the state.

      We congratulate the selected schools for their dedication and commitment to traffic safety and look forward to the innovative campaigns students will create in the 2010-2011 OTSD program, said Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig. We commend the efforts and hard work of these students and have full confidence they will continue to positively inspire their peers to make better driving decisions.

      Ford Driving Skills for Life is pleased to continue to support this lifesaving program for the fourth straight year. Teens are facing an increased number of hazards on the road, including distractions, and it is imperative that resources are provided in aiding safe driving choices. Ford Motor Company Fund is committed to providing free ongoing training to not only teens, but drivers of all ages," said Jim Graham, Manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life program.

      Additional teen safe driving programs contributing to the reduction in teen motor vehicle fatalities include the latest sweeping changes to Illinois TM teen driving laws initiated by Secretary of State Jesse White. Effective January 1, 2008, these changes gave Illinois one of the best graduated driver license programs in the nation. Graduated licensing gives teens more time to obtain valuable driving experience while under the watchful eye of a parent or guardian (doubling the practice time that young drivers must spend with a parent or guardian from 25 to 50 hours before the teen can obtain an Illinois driver TMs license), limits in-car distractions and requires the teens to earn their way from one stage to the next by avoiding traffic convictions. Leading national traffic safety experts have lauded Illinois TM graduated driver license program one that will save lives.

      The selection process for the Operation Teen Safe Driving program requires students to identify issues relating to traffic safety in their community (i.e., underage drinking, driving unbuckled, impaired and distracted). Students are required to provide information explaining how they would combat the traffic safety problem and implement a teen awareness program in their school and community.

      All of the selected schools will receive $2000 in grant funding from IDOT TMs Division of Traffic Safety and The Allstate Foundation. The selected schools develop and implement a peer-to-peer based program and present a report at the conclusion of the program. Winners are selected from each region and each winning school will receive prize money to host a post-prom party.

      The top five schools from each region will be invited to send students to a Driving Skills for Life, Ride and Drive event which is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund. Students will observe professional drivers on two separate courses demonstrating critical driving skills. Teens will then have the opportunity to drive the same courses with the professional driver sitting in the passenger seat to provide tips and assistance.

      Saving lives and preventing injuries among teen drivers is a priority for The Allstate Foundation and our teen safe driving signature program. We congratulate the winning schools and look forward to the great results from their campaigns, said Bill McGrath, Regional Sales Leader for the Midwest Region of Allstate Insurance.

      The strengthened graduated driver licensing (GDL) law that resulted from the recommendations of the Teen Driver Safety Task Force makes Illinois' teen driver program one of the strongest in the nation and, more importantly, is saving lives," said Secretary of State Jesse White. I am encouraged that teen driving deaths have decreased by 56 percent since the law took effect in 2008. This law, in conjunction with the extremely effective and successful Operation Teen Safe Driving initiative, is having the intended impact on teen driving safety. My congratulations to the schools selected to participate in this important program. Working together, we can save more lives and make Illinois roads safer for all of us.

      The Office of the Governor, the Illinois Secretary of State, IDOT TMs Division of Traffic Safety, the Illinois State Police, the Illinois State Board of Education, in partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund and The Allstate Foundation are all supporting the Operation Teen Safe Driving program. Also supporting the Illinois campaign are the Governors Highway Safety Association and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).

      The schools selected in each region are as follows:

      Region OneDwight D. Eisenhower High School Blue IslandOak Forest High School Oak ForestAQSA High School BridgeviewWilliam Fremd High School PalatineRoberto Clementa Community Academy ChicagoMother McAuley Liberal Arts High School ChicagoEvergreen Park Community High School Evergreen ParkBremen High School MidlothianNotre Dame College Prep NilesAlan B. Shepard High School HeightsAntonia Pantoja Alternative High School ChicagoProsser Career Academy ChicagoJohn Hersey High School Arlington HeightsTinley Park High School Tinley ParkWells Community Academy High School Chicago

      Region Two Bolingbrook High School BolingbrookLincoln-Way West High School New LenoxMarian Central Catholic High School WoodstockCrystal Lake Central High School Crystal LakeGardner South Wilmington H.S. Dist 73 GardnerMcHenry East High School McHenryDundee-Crown High School CarpentersvilleJohnsburg High School JohnsburgLincoln-Way Central High School New LenoxGlenbard East High School LombardZion Benton High School ZionVernon Hills High School Vernon HillsGlenbard West High School Glen EllynGlenbard South High School Glen EllynH.D. Jacobs High School Algonquin

      Region ThreeAl Wood High School WoodhullErie High School ErieOttawa Township High School OttawaLa Salle Peru High School LaSalleByron High School ByronWinnebago High School WinnebagoAlleman Catholic High School Rock IslandLa Moille High School La MoillePearl City High School Pearl CityGalena High School GalenaPecatonica High School PecatonicaSandwich High School SandwichWest Carroll CUSD #314 High School SavannaSterling High School SterlingChadwick/Milledgeville High Schools Dist. 399 Milledgeville

      Region Four Beardstown High School BeardstownROWVA High School OneidaFieldcrest High School MinonkTriopia Junior-Senior High School ConcordAvon High School AvonFarmington Central High School Farmington Tri-City High School Dist #1 BuffaloWilliamsville High School WilliamsvillePawnee High School PawneeSoutheast High School SpringfieldRiverton High School RivertonPekin Community High School PekinEureka High School EurekaGriggsville-Perry High School GriggsvilleQuincy Senior High School Quincy

      Region FiveCentral High School CliftonManteno High School MantenoWarrensburg-Lathem High School WarrensburgOakland High School OaklandDonovan High School DonavanHeyworth High School HeyworthCissna Park School Cissna ParkChampaign Central High School ChampaignSaint Joseph Ogden High School Saint JosephTri-Valley High School DownsTuscola Community High School TuscolaCentennial High School ChampaignHillside Bethel Christian High School DecaturWatseka High School WatsekaHerscher High School Herscher

      Region SixTrico Unit District # 176 Campbell HillBelleville West High School BellevilleMurphysboro High School MurphysboroElverado High School ElkvilleRoxana High School RoxannaMascoutah High School MascoutahCairo High School CairoWaterloo High School WaterlooMulberry Grove High School Mulberry GroveRed Bud High School Red BudAlthoff Catholic High School BellevilleCivic Memorial High School BethaltoGranite City High School Granite CityMarquette Catholic High School AltonAlton High School Alton

      Region SevenHerrin High School HerrinRobinson High School RobinsonFairfield Community High School FairfieldSalem Community High School SalemWayne City High School Wayne CityNCOE High School Norris CityGillespie High School GillespieDuQuion High School DuQuoinBenton Consolidated H.S. # 103 BentonPatoka High School PatokaCisne High School CisneHamilton County Senior High School McLeansboroNewton Community High School NewtonJohnston City High School Johnston CityJoppa High School Joppa