Teens at Pepperell High School in the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) group will meet with David Adams of the Georgia Department of Transportation on Tuesday, February 21 at 10 a.m. to present ideas for improving driver safety on Highway 101 in south Floyd County. The meeting is a cooperative effort between PHS SADD, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, SADD and Teens in the Driver Seat.
Highway 101 (Rockmart Road) in the Silver Creek community has had one of the higher accident rates in the area for several years. Head-on collision accidents are a significant problem on the road. “Students have researched highway improvements that have resulted in a reduction in head-on accidents on other roadways and we look forward to sharing our information and ideas for improvement for a major highway safety concern in our community,” said Alana Ellenburg, Pepperell SADD faculty advisor.
“It is great to see such dedicated students working on a project that will make roads in their community safer for everyone to drive,” said Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “We are proud to partner with Pepperell High and other schools around Georgia and are ready to help other schools in Georgia start their own SADD chapter.”
“The Pepperell High School SADD / TDS (Teen in the Driver Seat) team has proven time and again that when teens learn about an issue like car crashes being the number one killer of teens in America, they can be part of the solution. This team went beyond the peer-to-peer messaging of keeping each other safe behind the wheel. They began paying attention to their local roadways and took the next step of asking GDOT if changes could be made. These teens have exhibited a great example of community caring and leadership and we couldn’t be more supportive of them.” Stacey Tisdale, Transportation Research Specialist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)
Started in 2002, Teens in the Driver Seat is a peer-to-peer safety program that educates teens about the top five dangers of teen driving – driving at night; speeding and street racing; distractions, such as cell phones and teen passengers; not wearing a seat belt, and alcohol/drug use.