Oglethorpe University has received a $5,000 grant to participate in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s Georgia Young Adult Program. The program partners with colleges and universities to address crashes, injuries and fatalities involving young adults.
“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 in a news release. “We’re here to make changes and I believe the students at Oglethorpe 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.”
According to the school, the grant will allow the Oglethorpe University’s Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Taskforce to re-administer an alcohol and drug survey. It will also allow the Taskforce to purchase a program called Alcohol e-CHECKUP TO GO, which allows college students to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback.
Alcohol specific training will also be offered for potential peer health educators, student leaders and student organizations. Lastly, funding will help current peer health educators coordinate impaired driving prevention programs and professional speakers during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, spring break, graduation celebrations and fall orientation, Oglethorpe officials said. The grant runs through September 30, 2014.