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$45K SADD grant helps keep Fulton student drivers safer

January 14, 2014
NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Seven North Fulton high schools will share in a $45,000 grant from the Georgia Office of Highway Safety to help establish programs aimed at keeping teen drivers safe on the roads.

"Car crashes remain the No. 1 cause of death for teens, and drivers ages 15-19 have a higher rate of crashes, injuries and fatalities than adult and elderly drivers. In fact last year, car crashes took the lives of 156 teen drivers [in Georgia]," said Susan Hale, Fulton Schools spokesperson.

The Fulton School System received the $45,000 SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) grant from the state to help lower these sobering statistics, said Hale.

In North Fulton, funds will be provided to Alpharetta, Cambridge, Centennial, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek, Northview and Roswell high schools. In all, 13 high schools in the Fulton School System will receive funds this school year. The funds will be used to mitigate drinking and driving among teens through a variety of programs, including establishing or maintaining a SADD chapter, conducting at least two safety belt checks, providing leadership training to SADD chapter members, supporting impaired driving prevention activities and hosting Safe Prom or Safe Graduation activities.

High schools will participate in these programs, as well as observe monthly programs including Alcohol Education Month (November), Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (December), Parenting is Prevention Month (March), Alcohol Awareness Month (April) and Worldwide "No Tobacco" Day (May 31).

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