Auto briefs: Drug impairment, train station rehab, H.O.P.E.

An expansion of impaired driving marketing to combat drugged driving, brainstorming on ideas to rehabilitate a historic train station, and an after-school program to help at-risk youth were among the items promoted by automotive organizations and automakers recently.

  • As drugged driving becomes an increasingly prevalent problem on U.S. roads, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has included the issue in their annual campaign against impaired driving. This effort, which runs through the Labor Day weekend, introduced the message "If You Feel Different, You Drive Different" to its usual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" theme. The NHTSA campaign stresses that drivers should never operate a vehicle while impaired by any substance, including both alcohol and drugs.
  • Ford recently invited nearly 200 millennial leaders from around the Corktown community in Detroit to discuss possible ways to develop "an inclusive tech and entrepreneur ecosystem" in and around the city's Michigan Central Station. Earlier this year, the automaker purchased the historic train station, which closed in 1988, with the goal of making it the centerpiece of a new campus which will employ approximately 2,500 Ford employees by 2022. Ford said the insights and suggestions offered by attendees will be evaluated as part of the automaker's ongoing development plans.
  • Toyota recently announced that it has donated $50,000 to Transforming Lives Ministries in Mississippi to support a free 10-month after-school program. The program is designed to provide life skills for at-risk youth between the ages of 13 and 18. Toyota says it is also working to have members of one of its partner groups, Mississippi Young Professionals, mentor students in the program.

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