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MI Secretary of State works to improve teen driving

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

LANSING (WKZO) -- Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is making safe teen driving her message this month, with a new campaign aimed at the young. Johnson says that car crashes are the number of cause of death for teenagers, and it's essential that they get in their required training hours before being allowed out on the road.

So, Johnson's teamed up with Ford Motor Company to push that message, not so much to the teens themselves, but more to their parents. They've launched a website and an app for the Parents Supervised Driving Program. One thing it focuses on is reducing distractions behind the wheel, which Johnson says is responsible for a third of all car crashes.

Johnson says it's just as much the parent's responsibility to make sure a teen is driving safe as it is the teen's. You can find out more about the new campaign at www.Michigan.gov/TeenDriver .