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Preventing Poor Student Choices

Gwinnett County DUI Accident Attorney Shane Smith Details the Students Against Destructive Decisions Program

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the statistics for young drivers does not paint a good picture. Based on research for 2010 and 2011, the numbers seem to have increased overall nationally and in the State of Georgia.

Nationally, the GSHA found that the first half of 2011 saw more fatalities than the first half of 2010. Specifically the statistics are as follows:

  • The number of fatalities for 16-year-olds in cars (both passenger and driver) jumped from 93, from 83 in 2011, from 2010. This is a 16 percent increase year-over-year.
  • For 17-year-olds for the same time-frame, the number of fatalities for this age-group grew to 118, from 110.

In response to these statistics, the State of Georgia has adopted the SADD program. This program stands for Students Against Drunk Driving. Established in 1981 in New England, the program is peer-based working with high school students to educate them on the dangers of drugs, alcohol and destructive behavior, including mixing those with driving.

When you talk with a Caleb DUI accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith you are able to understand your legal rights, including the potential for a personal injury claim.

Emphasizing to students to simply stay away from these destructive behaviors and substances, the program shows how acting recklessly – by taking drugs and alcohol and taking to wheel for example, can lead to catastrophic results. Examples of education include traditional classroom instructions, forums, teen-centered workshops, leadership training and legislative activities among others.

According to research from the Georgia’s Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the SADD program is effective in educating students because they are more likely to abstain from destructive behaviors and are able to use positive reasons to justify not engaging in destructive behaviors such as drinking and driving or being under the influence of an illicit substance while behind the wheel.

While the SADD program is effective and has gotten through to many students, no program is 100 percent effective in preventing all possible DUI accidents. Victims and the families of deceased DUI accident victims may be able to recover from responsible parties with the help of a Georgia DUI accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999 to schedule a talk with a Gwinnett County DUI accident lawyer. 

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia