In 1982, the year SADD went national, 5,380 young people ages 12 to 20 died in alcohol-related traffic crashes.
By 1995, that number was reduced to 2,206. The toll rose to 2,315 in 1996, only the second time in 10 years the number of youths dying in alcohol-related motor vehicle incidents has risen.
SADD has a new goal: to reduce the number of deaths by 14 percent to 2,000 in the year 2000.
There still is work to be done.
- Source: Students Against Destructive Decisions
By KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer
It's almost prom time - time to think about choosing a dress or tuxedo, a corsage or boutonniere.
It's also time to think about being safe.
Local high school students are doing that, and sharing their message with others.
Amanda Cunningham, a 17-year-old North Hagerstown High School senior, is treasurer of the school's chapter of SADD - Students Against Destructive Decisions. The organization, originally called Students Against Drunk Driving, was formed in1981 when two students from a Massachusetts high school died within a week of each other in alcohol-related car crashes. A year later, a national effort was launched, and the organization since has spread to all 50 states, Canada and beyond.