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ABAC wants to keep students safe on the roads

ABAC wants to prevent deadly crashes from happening to their students (Source: WALB) ABAC wants to prevent deadly crashes from happening to their students (Source: WALB)
Students can participate in activities to help learn about driver safety (Source: WALB) Students can participate in activities to help learn about driver safety (Source: WALB)
Programs are on campus to help (Source: WALB) Programs are on campus to help (Source: WALB)
"Keeping our students safe is our top priority," said Hester. (Source: WALB) "Keeping our students safe is our top priority," said Hester. (Source: WALB)

ABAC is now even more committed to the safety of young drivers after a deadly wreck in front of the campus.

The Georgia Young Adult Program encourages schools to create innovative techniques to reduce the number of young adult car accidents in their communities. 

ABAC is using it to educate their students. 

 After the loss of two teenagers in a Tifton crash, ABAC is making sure students know how important it is to be a safe driver.

"At a school like ABAC, we have roughly 3500 students. Anytime that something like what happened out front of campus a few weeks ago happened, it effects the whole campus very very deeply," said Trent Hester, Resident Life Coordinator. 

The college received a grant to make sure that young adults are committed to changing the tragic trend of young driver deaths in Georgia. 

"It's roughly $6500 dollars every year from the Office of Highway Safety. We use this money to put on programming that specifically focuses on a lot of alcohol education and keeping students from driving impaired, from any kind of impairment that may be," Hester. 

College leaders feel that bringing students together to complete activities with their peers is the best way to get the message across about the dangers of speeding and distracted and impaired driving. 

"We try to do it around high traffic areas and high traffic times. So around fall break, spring break, Christmas break. We really focus programming on making sure that students are making safe decisions when they're traveling," said Hester. 

The program at ABAC sponsors events such as impaired driving simulators, classes and professional speakers. 

The college is trying to bring parents into the conversation as well to make sure the safe habits start at home. 

"We also do seat belt checks. We actually did a seat belt check 3 weeks ago. We found that only 47% of students that we checked that day were wearing their seat belts. We published that information on social media to make sure that we try to raise that number," said Hester.

School officials hope this will at least start the conversation about safe driving and could possibly prevent another fatal crash. 

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