In an effort to involve Georgia students in reducing traffic crashes, injuries and deaths of teen drivers, Pepperell High School (PHS) in Lindale, Georgia is proud to announce their receipt of a $6,500.00 Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).

The grant will enhance PHS’ existing SADD chapter with the idea that student input into the solution will help alleviate the problem of teen driver fatalities in Georgia.

“PHS is a longtime SADD grantee of ours and we’re excited to see what 2019 brings both for their students and teen drivers across Georgia,” said GOHS Communications Manager Robert Hydrick.”

The PHS SADD chapter was established in 2006 at the request of students that wanted to make an impact on their peers and educate them to make the right choices, specifically related to driving.  After 13 years, the PHS SADD Chapter is still strong and vibrant in educating their peers as well as continuing to educate those in their community, county, and even state. The PHS SADD Chapter plans to continue their efforts to educate everyone to make our roads safer.  

Alana Ellenburg, PHS SADD Advisor, said “I am very proud of the work our SADD Executive Officers and members have put forth over the years.  I am confident this year’s chapter can continue to teach their peers about the inherent dangers that arise when teens get behind the wheel. The SADD chapter at PHS can not only help raise awareness about things like the consequences of distracted driving, speeding, and underage drinking, but they also bring a ‘peer-to-peer’ perspective to the very group we’re trying to save.”

The PHS 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 PHS SADD Chapter will again host their Annual Rome/Floyd County “Just Drive” Safe Driving Expo in April.

In addition, the PHS SADD chapter will send its president and advisor to a statewide leadership-training program each fall along with representatives from other high schools that received similar grants.

For more information on this grant program, contact GOHS at 404-656-6996 and for more information on GOHS and its other highway safety programs, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.