What is your #GamePlanGSU for a safe December?
The month of December includes graduation celebrations and holiday fun. Unfortunately, the month of December can also be dangerous when traveling. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017, 29 percent (10,874) of all fatal vehicle crashes involved drunk drivers; 885 of those deaths occurred in December. Impairment begins with the first drink, but many people take to the roadways because they think they are safe to drive. Impairment comes in many forms: drug-impaired driving is an increasing problem across the country.
To address the problem of impaired driving and other risks associated with high-risk drinking, Student Health Promotion is proud to announce the receipt of a $14,530 grant to participate in the Georgia Young Adult Program (GYAP) of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The GOHS Young Adult Program 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 grant year for this award is October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019, and will include several initiatives on campus:
- During the fall semester, 241 students on six different campuses (i.e., Alpharetta, Atlanta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, and Newton) participated in the “pour a drink” activity. Students were asked to pour a standard drink of alcohol (i.e., water for our activity) into different cups. Most people tend to over-pour and are not familiar with a standard drink of alcohol.
- Currently, students can follow #GamePlanGSU to learn strategies to protect themselves and others in they choose to drink.
- The spring semester will include opportunities to test the “drinking clock” during Mobile Clinic visits to the Clarkston, Decatur, and Newton campuses