10 consecutive years.
That’s how long Georgia Southern University’s Dean of Students Office has been receiving grant funds from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
The funds are part of the Georgia Young Adult Program which aims to help educate students about the dangers of alcohol abuse, underage drinking and impaired driving.
The grant, awarded in the amount of $8,597, provides the University’s Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs to promote the “Safe Rides Save Lives” campaign targeted at discouraging driving while under the influence of alcohol. The office is also responsible for coordinating impaired driving prevention programs with the use of Fatal Vision Goggles and DUI simulators.
“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety grant is a vital resource for the Office of Alcohol and Other Drugs at the institution,” said Mark Whitesel, Ph.D., associate dean of students at Georgia Southern. “The funding is critical to the educational activities and efforts to engage students regarding healthy behaviors with alcohol. We are looking forward to some great opportunities for students this year with the continued and increased funding from prior years. The grant funding will continue to support programming and our drunk driving prevention efforts.”
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety coordinates with colleges and universities throughout Georgia to implement the program, which has been successful in using strategies such as peer education, providing educational speakers to schools and encouraging schools to develop creative, innovative techniques to lower the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities among young adults.