Kennesaw State University receives grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

Fun        Funding aimed atreducing young adult crashes, injuries and fatalities

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Dec. 11, 2013) — The WellStar College of Health & Human ServicesCenter for Health Promotion and Wellness at Kennesaw State University has received a $10,000 grant to participate in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s Georgia Young Adult Program. This is the seventh grant awarded to the Center by GOHS.

The young adult program addresses young adult driver crashes, injuries and fatalities and partners with colleges and universities throughout the state. According to the GOHS, the program has been 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.

Kennesaw State will coordinate events such as impaired driving prevention programs, including DUI simulators and social norming promotion. Programming often surrounds events such as National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Safe Spring Break, graduation and summer orientation. Programs involve collaborations with the campus Greek community, student athletes, residential student communities, campus police and counseling services.

“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 Kennesaw 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 grant runs Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014.  

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 Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.