The ROADD (Reduce Our Adolescent Drinking/Drugging & Driving) Program
Educating young people of driving age about the dangers of drinking/drugging and driving is a top priority for SAS. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of substance abuse related driving crashes, violations and deaths. The 6-8 week classroom sessions, led by a ROADD educator, are designed to supplement the health and driver education curriculum offered by each school. Class topics include: DWI laws and the results of an arrest; other drugs and their impact on driving; and special concerns for inexperienced drivers. The ROADD program operates in demographically diverse public
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and private high schools around the county. Funding comes from the fines of convicted drivers through the Westchester Stop-DWI program.
The ROADD Program is offered at no cost to participating schools. Call for more information.
Each year the ROADD program supports several events including the Drunk Driving Simulator. The Drunk Driving Simulator is an actual Dodge Neon car that has a laptop computer in it that can program the brakes and steering to respond as if they had been slowed by alcohol. Drivers, accompanied by a professional from Dodge, drive around a course twice, trying to stay within the cones and avoid a “pedestrian” who pops up. The first time around the course, the car behaves normally. The second time
around, the car behaves as if the driver was under the influence of alcohol. In this controlled setting, students experience how alcohol impairs their ability to drive. This year’s simulator is scheduled for October.
The ROADD program also sponsors an annual conference for student leaders.