“To provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions” (SADD). This is the mission statement of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and from what I have learned in past classes the mission statement is one of the most important factors of any organization. I feel that all the factors in which SADD focuses on one way or another effect driving under the influence. “Nearly three quarters of drivers convicted of driving while impaired are either frequent heavy drinkers or alcoholics”(Medicinenet). “In its publication The Economic Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that alcohol-related crashes in 2000 were associated with more than $51 billion in costs”(Medicinenet).”On average, a first time drunk driving offender has driven drunk 87 times prior to being arrested”(Duifoundation).
History of SADD(provided by SADD.ORG): SADD is founded by Robert Anastas at Wayland High School in Massachusetts. He and a group of 15 students develop the SADD concept and the Contract for Life In 1981, 6000 youths are killed in alcohol related crashes. 1982: SADD goes national with chapters founded throughout Massachusetts, Arizona, North Carolina, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania and Maine.1983: SADD public service announcements run in every television market in America. 1984: Carl Olsen, the first SADD president at Wayland High School, is appointed by the Director of Health and Human Services as the only student to a three-year panel studying the alcoholism in America. 1985: SADD has its first presidential moment when President Reagan meets with SADD students of River Dell High School in New Jersey and compliments them on their important role in the national effort of drunk driving prevention.1997: SADD adopts a new name: Students Against Destructive Decisions ( this was a name change from the name of Students against Drunk Driving) 2010: SADD participates in Oprah Winfrey’s inaugural “No Phone Zone Day” events across the country, inspiring countless teens and adults to end texting while driving.
SADD’s method “SADD supports passage and enforcement of comprehensive drinking age laws that prohibit the purchase, attempt to purchase, or possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21. Enforcement efforts should be directed at youth, adult providers, sellers, servers, and others who are in a position to endanger youth. Use of fraudulent identification should be deterred through heightened security measures and through enforcement of the law. Law enforcement officials should join with other members of the community in raising awareness among adults as well as teens of the dangers of underage drinking and the consequences of violating the law”(SADD). “SADD believes that young people can have fun, enjoy life and nurture positive personal relationships without the distraction and distortion of alcohol. SADD seeks to demonstrate positive and attractive alternatives to alcohol and other drug-infused activities for teenagers.” SADD makes an obvious to see no drinking stance for alcohol for minors. Which I feel is a main contributor in the DUI prevention program. Because of their firm values on no drinking I believe it influences at least during their high school years as long as there is constant reminder which is why SADD has key chains, wrist bands, t-shirts, back packs and even dog tags.