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Sandwich High wins state program

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

Sandwich High School is one of seven winning schools the statewide 2012-13 Operation Teen Safe Driving program.

The program is a partnership of the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Ford Motor Company Fund, The Allstate Foundation, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and the Illinois State Police.

OTSD began in 2007 and, since then, annual teen fatality numbers in automobile crashes have dropped by more than half in Illinois. The program includes the support of Gov. Pat Quinn, the Illinois State Board of Education and the national Governor’s Highway Safety Association.

A total of 105 schools statewide were selected initially to participate in the OTSD program, modeled after the Ford Motor Company Fund’s nationally recognized Ford Driving Skills for Life teen safety program. The sixth year of the statewide program kicked off in August 2012 encouraging high school students to use their creativity and imagination to develop a program to educate their peers on the dangers of unsafe driving practices.

The school will receive a prize ranging from $500 to $2,500 to host a post-prom event.

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