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State Leaders Partner with Tennessee Youth to Decrease Roadway Crashes Volunteer
State to be Focus of Teen Roadway Safety Programs
Nashville, TN. – Today, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) announced the restructuring of programs and activities to enhance efforts to reduce teen crashes and injuries on the roadways of Tennessee. SADD has built a statewide network of over 100 chapters in schools and colleges across the Volunteer state. Student leaders are trained in best practices to implement programs and activities across the state at the local level. With support from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO), students will have the resources and support they need to be effective.
To lead these efforts, SADD has created a new position, the Tennessee Regional Manager, and has selected Gavin Gill to assume these duties. In this role, Gill will work to create, support, and expand the chapter network SADD has in place. In addition, the Tennessee Regional Manager will create and implement strategies that result in increased reach, evaluation measurement, and data-driven results. The funding for this position is provided by the THSO through federal support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“We know that car crashes continue to be a leading cause of death and injury for the young people of Tennessee,” said Gill. “I’m honored to support the incredible SADD students of Tennessee in our efforts to empower teens, engage parents, mobilize communities, and change lives, as we work together to reach zero roadway crashes, injuries, and deaths.”
This effort is part of the longstanding partnership between SADD and the THSO.
“Fatalities involving teen drivers continue to rise in Tennessee,” said THSO Director Buddy Lewis. “We look forward to working with Mr. Gill in a shared mission to reduce traffic crashes and improve driver behavior.”