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GRU awarded grant to combat alcohol abuse

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Georgia Regents University is joining forces with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to combat alcohol abuse, including underage drinking and impaired driving.

The office awarded GRU an $8,860 grant to participate in the Georgia Young Adult Program designed for Georgia colleges and universities to promote and raise awareness about highway safety issues including alcohol education, alcohol abuse prevention, impaired driving, underage drinking, safety belts, distracted driving, speeding, risk reductions, and other destructive decisions.

"The university will use the grant funds to help educate students about the detriments of drinking and driving and other components of alcohol misuse," said Leslie Wilcher, GRU's Student Health Services Outreach Coordinator.

The following data underscore the need for more education and prevention efforts, according to Wilcher:

• The highest percentage of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities occurs among drivers ages 21 to 24.

• Nearly one-third of motor vehicle fatalities involve a driver with a Blood Alcohol Concentration above the legal limit of .08.

• An individual with a BAC of .08 or higher is 11 times more likely to die in a crash than those who have not consumed alcohol at all.

• Two out of five people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives.

• Seat belts have saved more than 250,000 lives since 1975.

• In 2009, 62 percent of those involved in nighttime alcohol-impaired driving fatalities were not wearing a seat belt.

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