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DDS awarded grant for enhancing teen alcohol, drug awareness

POSTED: December 11, 2007 7:19 a.m.
The Georgia Department of Driver Services has announced the receipt of a grant totaling $153,100 earmarked for the Alcohol and Drug Awareness program.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety approved the funding to be used to enhance the ADAP program.
“We are grateful for the continued grant support from GOHS. This particular funding will enhance our efforts to provide effective alcohol and drug awareness programs for teens throughout the state,” DDS Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier said.
All Georgia teens must successfully pass ADAP before applying for their Class D driver’s license. The course is designed to educate teens on the consequences of operating a motor vehicle while impaired. More than 135,000 students complete the program annually.
DDS became the responsible agency for administering ADAP in July, 2005.
Since that time, new rules have been approved, and DDS staff has conducted ADAP classes at various locations and partnered with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to develop new instructor presentation kits in order to provide consistency in training throughout the state.
DDS has also revised the student workbook and distributed to public and private schools, expanded the ADAP information on the DDS Web site: www.dds.ga.gov including an on-line question “Ask ADAP” and comment feature.
In 2006, DDS received approximately 6,000 inquiries pertaining to the ADAP program and has automated the records management to ensure accuracy.
In addition, a new ADAP on-line store has been established so that training materials can be ordered promptly.
For more information on teen driving requirements visit www.dds.ga.gov or for driving safety information visit: www.gohs.ga.gov.
 

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