- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Department of Transportation has partnered with Ford Motor Co. to offer a new program to teach teenagers safe driving skills.

The program encourages teenagers and parents to drive together under a variety of weather conditions, at different times of the day and on unfamiliar settings such as rural roads, highways and city traffic.

The guide is now available to parents and guardians of teens seeking a learner’s permit. Copies are available at all driver’s license sites.

The state's transportation department says teens are responsible for about 20 percent of fatalities and major injuries that happen on North Dakota’s roads and highways.

North Dakota teens under the age of 16 are required to log 50 hours of supervised driving before getting a driver’s license.

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