To provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.
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East Hall's SADD chapter is in the 20 finalist for the Act Out Loud Grant
GEORGIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AWARDS GRANT TO LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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SADD – Students Against Destructive Decisions – East Hall High School
Student/Faculty Name: East Hall High School 770-536-9921
How many Georgia high schools make headlines because young drivers die at the wheel, plunging entire student populations into protracted periods of grief and disbelief? Inexperienced young drivers, ages 15-19, have a higher rate of crashes, injuries and fatalities than adult drivers. Young drivers have a higher rate of crashes, injuries and fatalities than older drivers In 2006 there were 177 fatalities, 17,592 injuries and 103,339 crashes among 15-19 year old on the highway. Teens are (7%) of the population and eleven percent (11%) of the crash fatalities. According to the most recent data, (2006) 50.5% of the 15-19 year- passenger vehicle occupants killed or seriously injured were unrestrained. The inexperience and immaturity of younger drivers are thought to be major contributing factors in the higher fatality rate. (GOHS Data Source).
In an effort to involve Georgia students in reducing injury and death to young drivers, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has awarded a highway safety grant to East Hall High School in Gainesville, GA to establish a new or enhance an existing SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Chapter. GOHS believes that student input into the solution will help alleviate the problem of teen driver fatalities in Georgia.
According to the GOHS Director Robert F. Dallas, “Our state’s teen drivers represent a disproportionate number of drivers involved in crashes that involve injuries and deaths on Georgia’s roadways. We look forward to our SADD Chapters working with their peers to change the perception that crashes are accidents, which can’t be prevented. They can. Our hope is to have every high school student graduate without being involved in a crash or any student being injured or killed in a car crash.”
By having a comprehensive effort statewide, GOHS/SADD plans to cover teen driving issues including safety belt use, speed, inexperience, and impaired driving in a coordinated manner. Participating schools will focus on a variety of highway safety issues throughout the school year.
The East Hall High School GOHS/SADD chapter will host the annual Prom Promise activities, seat belt check, and poster campaigns to raise student’s awareness of the effects of Drinking and Driving.
Additionally, the East Hall High School SADD chapter will send its president and advisor to a statewide leadership-training program this fall along with the representative from other high schools that received similar grants.