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Ford Motor Company and the Governors Highway Safety Association have teamed up to help keep teens and families safe on Arizona roads and highways.

The number one killer of teens across America is driving fatalities. A top priority for Ford is automotive-related safety, and the company is honing in on Arizona as a locale to tackle auto safety issues.

On Wednesday, May 7, at the Firebird International Raceway, the company will demonstrate for Phoenix community leaders several of its unique auto safety programs that will be coming to Arizona this year. Featured will be Ford’s award winning “Driving Skills for Life” teen safe driving program; Corazon de mi vida, a child safety seat initiative focused primarily on the Hispanic community; and Car Care Clinics, designed to educate young women about critical safety issues and automotive needs. State officials will be on hand to talk about the new Graduated Driver's License laws being initiated in Arizona.

"We're bringing a sample of our signature safety programs to the Phoenix community as we kick off of our philanthropic campaign, Operation Goodwill - which will pump more than $1 million dollars into the state in 2008," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. "Operation Goodwill is an initiative we’re launching in specific areas of the country, such as Arizona, to help us better tailor our philanthropic efforts to community needs. In addition to our safety programs, the company is increasing the amount of money available to support programs and nonprofits important to this community, and partnering with our local dealers to determine how we can best utilize the funds to have the greatest impact."

More than 1,000 Arizona teens are expected to participate in three Driving Skills for Life sessions this year. The company also is working closely with the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety in support of Arizona's launch of new graduated licensing laws.

"We are grateful to Ford for their support, and believe through this partnership we can reduce the number of teen deaths that result for auto accidents," said Michael Hegarty, deputy director, Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

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