Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege gets grant for driver safety pro­gram

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Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege Newton Cam­pus will use a $7,500 state grant to launch a driver safety pro­gram, GPC Newton Cam­pus Cares.

The pro­gram’s goal is to in­crease the use of seat­belts by driv­ers to and from the Newton Cam­pus, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease. The Of­fice of Pub­lic Safety was awarded a Young Adult Alco- hol Aware­ness and Seat Belt Com­pli­ance grant for $7,500.

The pri­or­ity con­cern of the grant is the high per­cent­age of al­co­hol re­lated crashes, in­juries and fa­tal­i­ties among col­lege age stu­dents. Many teen do not wear seat belts and do not des­ig­nate driv­ers who have not con­sumed al­co­holic bev­er­ages or other drugs dur­ing so­cial gath­er­ings, ac­cord­ing to Lt. An­drew Moore, of the Newton Cam­pus. Driv­ers are less likely to use re­straints when they have been drink­ing, he said in the re­lease.

Pub­lic Safety will con­duct safety checks in the drive to the cam­pus through­out the year. Ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als will be pro­vided dur­ing these check­points and dur­ing events here on the cam­pus. Train­ing will be pro­vided for stu­dents who act as peer ed­u­ca­tors.

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