TIFTON — Thanks to a $9,130 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will participate in the Georgia Young Adult Program (GYAP), according to a press release

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 loss of one life on our roads is one too many, and the fact almost all fatal traffic crashes can be prevented is one reason why we are awarding this grant,” GOHS director Allen Poole said.

 “The target of zero traffic deaths in our nation is achievable, and we will continue to help develop and implement educational messages, enforcement campaigns, and other safety initiatives aimed at bringing us one step closer to our goal.”

The GYAP program at ABAC coordinates events such as impaired driving prevention programs including DUI simulators and professional speakers.

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, camps, police, health and wellness departments, and counseling services.

The grant runs through Sept. 30, 2020. For more information on this grant program, interested persons can contact GOHS at 404-656-6996.

For more information on GOHS and its other highway safety programs, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

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