Governor's Highway Safety Grant
Pepperell SADD chapter is awarded another Highway Safety Grant
Posted on 11/20/2014
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Teens at Pepperell High School are trying to reverse the trend of teen drivers being the source of bad press in their community because of tragic driving deaths due to crashes involving texting, speed or alcohol.

In an effort to involve Georgia teens in reducing injury and death to young drivers, Pepperell High School is proud to announce their receipt of a $2,500 Students Against Destructive Decisions Grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Car crashes remain the number one cause of death for teens. Also, drivers ages 15-19 have a higher rate of crashes, injuries and fatalities than adult and elderly drivers. In 2012, there were an estimated 156 crash deaths of drivers ages 15-20. That represents 13 percent of all traffic fatalities in Georgia. While that is an overall decrease from 17 percent in 2007, Georgia is still projected to reach the 13 percent mark by the end of 2013.

This grant will enhance the Pepperell High SADD chapter's efforts to involve students in finding a solution to the problem of teen driver fatalities in Georgia.

“These grants allow us to reach teen drivers at the local level by using their peers to help bring awareness to teen driver fatality rates and the inherent dangers that arise when our young, new drivers get behind the wheel,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “The SADD students at Pepperell High School can help make a difference in their community by making sure their classmates know the dangers of texting and driving, speeding and underage drinking.”

The Pepperell High SADD Chapter plans to continue its efforts to educate both the students at Pepperell High School as well as the Floyd County community as a whole.  Pepperell SADD is planning their 6th Annual Rome & Floyd County “Just Drive” Safe Driving Expo on Saturday, March 28, 2015.  They also hold seatbelt checks, bring in guest speakers, prom activities, homecoming promotions, and more.  The students are involved in promoting safe driving and making roads safer for all.

In addition, the Pepperell High SADD chapter will send its president and advisor to a statewide leadership-training program with representatives from other high schools that received similar grants.

For more information on how to obtain a SADD grant, contact: Eshon Poythress at 404-657-1955, epoythress@gohs.ga.gov.