Motherway says money will be spent on a variety of safe driving initiatives aimed at high school drivers.

State Farm Insurance is honoring the Crookston Police Department as one of 452 organizations across the U.S. and Canada that were key supporters of the Celebrate My Drive initiative in September. On Monday, CPD Chief Tim Motherway was presented with a $2,500 grant in the Crookston High School commons.

Across North America on Sept, 15, including at CHS, high school officials, safety advocates, local law enforcement and government leaders joined with more than 1,400 State Farm agents and tens of thousands of teens and their parents for a celebration of this year's class of new teen drivers. State Farm is taking a different approach to teen driving safety by sharing positive driving habits and experiences rather than some of the more traditional approaches that often scare new drivers.
The company celebrated new drivers at more than 400 Celebrate My Drive events organized in communities large and small-making it North America's largest-ever simultaneous gathering of new teen drivers.

"We are thankful to the Crookston Police Department, Crookston High School, the Crookston Fire Department, the Polk County Sheriff's Department and everyone who came together in September to help rally communities around new drivers," said Andy Oman. "Sharing these positive experiences and helping to keep them safe as they explore the road ahead builds stronger communities.”

Asked by the Times Tuesday what the CPD would spend the $2,500 on, Motherway said it will be spent on various initiatives throughout the school year that focus on safe, positive driving habits for teens to follow. “Some of it will culminate with our biggest focus during prom week,” he said. “This is going to be an ongoing effort in the school.”