Washington, D.C. (December 16, 2015) – SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) the nation’s premiere youth health and safety organization launched its 35th Anniversary with a Symposium Series on Wednesday, December 16, at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Board Room facilities. The first installment, Teen Traffic Safety: Redefining Impaired Driving, will assemble leading experts in youth traffic safety to discuss the evolving landscape of impaired driving as part of Impaired Driving Prevention month.
“SADD’s 35th Anniversary presents an exciting opportunity to bring together leaders in the field and have important conversations about the issues that teens face every day. Impaired driving continues to be a leading cause of car crashes, and now more than ever, it’s critical to align our efforts and resources to keep our teens and roadways safe,” said Dawn Teixeira, President and CEO of SADD.
The Symposium Series will begin with a press event for SADD’s launch of NHTSA’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over followed by a keynote address by NHTSA Administrator, Dr. Mark Rosekind, and a series of panels addressing three major types of impairment: drugged, drunk, and drowsy driving. Representatives from GHSA, The International Association of Chiefs of Police, RADD, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org), MADD, The National Sheriffs’ Association, The National Safety Council, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and AAA will be collaborating to address the new definition of impairment and best practices in prevention and youth engagement.
“Deaths and injuries from impaired driving are completely needless because they are completely preventable,” said NTSB Chairman Hart. “Collaborative efforts amongst the various members of the highway safety community are essential for addressing this challenging and persistent problem.”
While collaboration at the national level is key, true change is made at the state level. The outcome of today’s event will help to shape SADD’s programmatic efforts in the field across the country.
“Today’s symposium will help state highway safety offices and their local SADD chapters better understand the complex issue of teen impaired driving, so they can work together on programs that will positively influence teen driver behavior,” added the Chair of the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Director of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, Jana Simpler.
For 34 years, SADD, Inc., headquartered in Marlborough, Mass., has been committed to empowering young people take control of their lives, make healthy and safe life decisions and become positive peer influencers in their schools and communities. Founded as Students Against Driving Drunk in 1981, SADD is the nation’s leading peer-to-peer youth health and safety organization, with thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. To become a Friend of SADD or for more information, visit us online at sadd.org or follow SADD on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.