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UNG awarded grant from Georgia Office of Highway Safety

In the spring, students will learn the dangers of drinking and driving through the use of a DUI simulator, provided by funding from the Georgia Office of Highway Safety.

The Department of Student Health Services at the University of North Georgia (UNG) was again awarded a $6,599 grant from the Georgia Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) to educate students on the dangers of drinking and driving. 

"We hope the funds provided by this grant will help us continue to reduce underage use and general abuse of alcohol at UNG," said Sarah Williams, health educator for the Department of Student Health Services.

Health Services offers various programs on the risks of alcohol throughout the year to educate students. The two largest are the Alcohol Education Week in the fall and Safe Spring Break Week in March.

This recent grant will be used to fund activities and events, including speakers and DUI simulators, that help students learn in an interactive way without the negative after-effects that real-life situations would produce.  

In the spring a DUI simulator will be brought to campus and students will be able to simulate driving under the influence, so that they can experience and then discuss the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.

GOHS works with colleges and universities throughout the state to implement the Georgia Young Adult Program (GYAP), which uses strategies like peer education, providing educational speakers to schools, and encouraging schools to develop innovative techniques to reduce crashes.

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