Scholars Academy Peer Leadership class began their journey toward the acquisition of a grant and acceptance of leadership of Thomasville City Schools' chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) by sponsoring awareness events including impairment googles and first responders during Red Ribbon week in the fall.
Because car crashes remain the Number One cause of death for teens, drivers ages 15-19 have a higher rate of crashes, injuries and fatalities than adult and elderly drivers. In 2010, there were 127 roadway fatalities among persons aged 15-20 in Georgia. That represents 10 percent of all fatalities that year. Male teen drivers and passengers are also twice as likely as their female counterparts to die in a vehicle crash.
In an effort to involve Georgia students in reducing injury and death to young drivers, Thomasville High School in Thomasville, Georgia is proud to announce their receipt of a $6,274.51 Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).
The grant will enhance Thomasville High School’s existing SADD chapter with the idea that student input into the solution will help alleviate the problem of teen driver fatalities in Georgia.
“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to changing the tragic trend of teen driver deaths in Georgia,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “We’re here to make changes and I believe the SADD students at Thomasville High can help us achieve the goal of lowering teen driver, crash, injury and fatality rates statewide. Who better to address the challenges and dangers of teen driving than teens themselves? I’m confident these SADD students can convince their peers to be safer, more conscientious drivers."
The Thomasville High School SADD chapter plans to inform students of the risks of poor decisions and encourage safety while driving, during school holidays, and during Prom season.
In addition, the Thomasville High School SADD chapter will send its president, Caroline Anthony, and advisor, Farran Burnette, to a statewide leadership-training program each fall along with the representative from other high schools that received similar grants.