PHS SADD Awarded Grant
Pepperell High students awarded grant from Governor's Office of Highway Safety
Posted on 11/23/2015
Driving Expo
Celebrating their 10th year as a SADD chapter, Pepperell High School's SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, has received a grant that will allow them to employ their own student body to use peer-to-peer messaging in the hopes of reversing the current trend of teen traffic crashes.

In an effort to involve Georgia students in reducing traffic injuries and fatalities among young drivers, Pepperell High School's SADD student group has been awarded a $2,500.00 Students Against Destructive Decisions grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Data shows that in addition to car crashes remaining the leading cause of death for teens, drivers ages 15 to 19 have a higher rate of crashes, injuries and fatalities than adult and elderly drivers. In 2014, Georgia experienced 252 teen traffic deaths, which includes both drivers and passengers. While that number is down almost 13 percent from 2013, it is still 252 too many.

This SADD grant will enhance Pepperell High’s existing SADD chapter with the idea that student input is a key component to alleviating the problem of teen driver fatalities in Georgia.

“We are so proud of the work our SADD chapters have done over the years and we’re confident teens themselves can help shape the message about the inherent dangers that arise when teens get behind the wheel,” GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said. “The SADD students at Pepperell High School can not only help raise awareness about things like the consequences of distracted driving, speeding and underage drinking, but they also bring a unique perspective of the very group we’re trying to save.”

The Pepperell High School SADD chapter plans to conduct seat belt checks, host school wide guest speakers, and work with local law enforcement, emergency management agencies, and other local and state agencies to increase vehicle safety awareness.  The Pepperell High School SADD Chapter also plans to host the 7th Annual Rome/Floyd County “Just Drive” Safe Driving Expo in March 2016.