AMERICUS (Jan. 27, 2014) – Georgia Southwestern State University has received a grant of $6,830 to participate in the GOHS Georgia Young Adult Program. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety addresses the issues of young adult driver crashes, injuries and fatalities and partners with colleges and universities throughout the state to implement the Georgia Young Adult Program (GYAP). This program has proven to be successful using strategies such as peer education, providing educational speakers to schools, and encouraging schools to develop creative, innovative techniques to reduce young adult crashes, injuries and fatalities in their communities.
“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to changing the tragic trend of young adult driver deaths in Georgia,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “We’re here to make changes and I believe the students at Georgia Southwestern State University can help us achieve the goal of lowering driver, crash, injury and fatality rates statewide. Who better to address the challenges and dangers facing young adults than their peers? I’m confident these students can convince their peers to be safer, more conscientious drivers.”
The long-term goal of the program is to create safer, more-healthy campus environments. Georgia Southwestern will use this grant to help educate students on the detriments to drinking and driving and other components of alcohol misuse. The grant runs through Sept. 30, 2014.
For more information, please contact Alma Keita at 229.931.2708.
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