Clayton State University was awarded a $4,000 grant to participate in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) Georgia Young Adult Program to promote driver safety. This is the eighth year the University has received the grant.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety addresses young adult driver crashes, as well as injuries and fatalities, and partners with colleges and universities throughout the state to implement the Georgia Young Adult Program (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 Clayton State 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.”
The GYAP program at Clayton State offers students educational often surrounds events such as National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week in October, Safe Spring Break and graduation. Programs involve collaborations with the Campus Event Council, Athletics Public Safety, Residence Life and Counseling and Psychological Services.
The grant runs Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018.