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GHSA and Ford funding aims to improve road safety for teenagers

$94,000 in grants will support schemes in Missouri, Montana, New York and Oklahoma

ITS International By Adam Hill March 29, 2023

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Ford Motor Company Fund (the carmaker's philanthropic arm) have awarded grants totalling $94,000 to the US states of Missouri, Montana, New York and Oklahoma. The money is designed to support teen-centric traffic safety programmes in economically disadvantaged areas "to create safer mobility journeys for everyone, including non-motorists". Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, and the inexperience of novice drivers puts everyone on the road at risk, says GHSA. Nearly 43,000 people died in crashes on US roads in 2021, a 16-year high - and drivers killed 3,434 people walking in the first half of 2022, which follows a 40-year high in pedestrian fatalities in 2021.

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