The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded Clayton State University a $5,000 grant to continue offering alcohol and drug education programming on campus. The University has been a recipient of the Young Adult Grant for the past six years.
“The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is committed to keeping everyone safe on our roads and highways, from the smallest precious cargo to the most seasoned drivers,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood.
Clayton State will use the funding to support a peer health educator position for students to develop programs, present information, and recruit members, as well as attendance to local alcohol and other drug education conferences. The grant will fund programs through September 2017.
In the past, the University has hosted programs such as National Collegiate Awareness Week, DUI simulators, information and awareness tables and has partnered with University Athletics to bring educational speakers to campus.
“We are excited to continue to partner with GOHS to provide this type of programming to the Clayton State University Campus,” said Assistant Director for Community Standards and Project Director Alicia Myrick.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds. In Georgia, young drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 accounted for 12.8 percent of all drivers involved in Georgia crashes and 9.5 percent of fatalities.