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SADD LAUNCHES “SUPER SAFE SUMMER: Fighting the 100 Deadly Days!”

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2020 CONTACT: Lauren Zimmerman-Meade New York State Coordinator 518-749-0060 lmeade@sadd.org ny.sadd.org SADD LAUNCHES “SUPER SAFE SUMMER: Fighting the 100 Deadly Days!” Albany, NY (May 20, 2020) – Today, New York SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) issued a statewide call to action in combating the deadliest season for young people — the summer months. Known as the “100 deadliest days,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the season when more young people lose their lives in car crashes, as well as to other destructive decisions. SADD is calling upon teens, parents, law enforcement, and the community at large to raise awareness and take action to keep teens safe. In 2018 nationwide, a total of 2,476 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes, with even more seriously injured, on the roadways. Here in New York, we see those numbers echo true, with 9% of all fatal crashes attributed to 16-20 year old drivers (81 fatalities in 2018, with 14,042 personal injury crashes1). Though young drivers are on the roads less frequently than all but the oldest population of drivers, their numbers of crashes and fatalities are disproportionately higher. The leading causes of crashes in New York continues to be distracted driving (technology and passengers), unsafe speed, and impaired driving (drugs, alcohol, and drowsiness). Combine these with driver inexperience and it is clear why car crashes continue to be the leading cause of death and injury for the young people of our State and Nation. “In light of current events, we are consistently reminded of the importance of public health, and a crucial part of public health includes traffic safety,” says Lauren Zimmerman-Meade, New York State SADD Coordinator. “We remind our teens to: ’Buckle up, Every trip, Every time.’ To ‘Drive Sober.’ That ‘If you feel different, you drive different.’ Or, to ‘Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel.’ No matter which message we choose, we aim to help our young drivers understand how important it is to follow the rules of the road. Every time they get in a vehicle, their actions impact all of the folks on the road with them. This message is true for every driver, passenger, and pedestrian regardless of age.” SADD encourages teens to take the lead in sharing this message and has created a complete campaign – running from Memorial Day through Labor Day - of summer activities, volunteer opportunities, prizes, giveaways, and more to raise awareness and empower young people - even in this time of social distancing! May 20th begins the ramp-up to SADD’s big superhero themed summer awareness campaign with activities galore. Dubbed, “SADD Super Safe Summer: Fighting the 100 Deadly Days,” this Virtual Campaign consists of 100 days of fun activities, as well as educational traffic safety awareness covering over 15 traffic-related topics that will help our youth, and community at large, be the most heroic and safe drivers they can be. SADD National will also be covering other issues important to our young people, such as emotional, physical, social, mental, and even financial, health and wellness! Participants can look forward to lots of positive and fun daily challenges, webcasts, and more, including the opportunity to win some great prizes, and earn at least 100+ volunteer community service hours, qualifying them for the President’s Volunteer Service Award gold medal! Can youth health and safety be rewarding and fun, even while social distancing?? You can be SUPER sure of that! About SADD Since 1981, SADD, the nation’s premier youth health & safety organization has worked to empower teens, engage parents, mobilize communities, and change lives around the issues of traffic safety, substance abuse, and personal health and safety. Through a national network of peer-led chapters in elementary, middle schools, high schools and colleges, SADD equips our students with the resources they need to advocate for change on their campuses and in their communities. Join the movement today! Learn more by visiting SADD online, and on our social media. Visit SADD Nation: www.sadd.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. New York SADD: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Written By: lmeade