CTE criminal justice students begin safer drive campaign

February 8, 2023

CTE criminal justice students begin safer drive campaign

West Shore School News is a presentation of West Shore Educational Service District in partnership with Mason County Press and Oceana County Press.

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

VICTORY TOWNSHIP (Mason County) — Students from the West Shore Educational Service District’s Career and Technical Education Criminal Justice program will host an open house on Thursday, Feb. 23 to promote their Strive 4 a Safer Drive campaign.

Strive for a Safer Drive (S4SD) is a teen driving initiative sponsored by Ford Driving Skills for Life and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. It aims at reducing serious traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities among Michigan’s most inexperienced drivers – teens.  The campaign runs from December through mid-April.  The campaign focuses on educating teens and the community on the dangers of impaired driving and how drugs and alcohol slows your reaction time and affects your ability to process information.

One of the components of the campaign is the creation of a billboard. This year’s billboard, drawn as a cartoon by criminal justice student Taylor Bolton, a student at Ludington High School, was recently installed on the north side of US 10-31 east of Brye Road in Amber Township.

Additionally to the billboard, the 25 students in the program created a website and will run a series of informational social media videos discussing the effects of impaired driving.

The public is invited to the open house which will also include a variety of informational booths and activities. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Technical Center on the campus of West Shore Community College.

The students will also be hosting a blood drive that same day from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the WSCC Administrative and Conference Building.

CJ student Mercedez McLeod, a senior at Onekama High School, said blood collected at the blood drive will be used by local hospitals.

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