SGSC Receives $3,150 Grant From the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

South Georgia State College is proud to announce the receipt of a $3,150 grant to participate in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) Georgia Young Adult Program (GYAP). The GOHS addresses young adult driver crashes, injuries and fatalities and partners with colleges and universities throughout the state to implement the GYAP. This program has proven to be successful using strategies such as peer education, providing educational speakers to schools, and encouraging schools to develop creative, innovative techniques to reduce young adult crashes, injuries and fatalities in their communities.

“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. “We’re here to make changes, and I believe the students at South Georgia State College 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.”

The GYAP program at SGSC coordinates events such as drinking prevention programs. These include the use of vision distorting lenses – or drunk googles as they are referred to by students – to simulate the effects of alcohol consumption on the body and mock drinking games to show they can have fun without alcohol involved. Programming often surrounds events such as National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week and Safe Spring Break. Programs often involve collaborations with the campus police department.

The grant runs October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.