Students Against Drunk Driving is a nationwide organization whose goal is to heighten awareness of drug and alcohol abuse. At St. Michael High School, the SADD club sponsors activities during Red Ribbon Week, such as making morning announcements with informational statistics, signing a pledge banner and also Black Out Day. These activities are designed to emphasize the importance of safety and responsibility required when someone is involved with drugs and alcohol or other destructive decisions. This year the SADD club hopes to sponsor guest speakers for assemblies, hold fundraisers throughout the year and possibly put on a mock car crash demonstration to show the effects of impaired driving.
About SADD Club
(The following information was obtained from http://www.sadd.org)
SADD’s mission simply stated:
To provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.
Policy Against Use of Alcoholic Beverages by Underage Youth (“No Use” Policy)
SADD does not support or condone the use of alcohol by underage young people. The purchase and public possession of alcoholic beverages by anyone under the age of 21 is illegal in all 50 states.
Alcohol alters an individual’s vision, reaction times, perception of distance, and judgment of one’s abilities. For adolescents, whose brains are still developing in critical ways, alcohol use makes them more vulnerable to learning and memory impairments. The use of alcohol is frequently coupled with risky and potentially destructive behaviors such as physical and emotional violence, rude or thoughtless remarks or actions, sexual mistakes or misjudgments, sexual assaults, and suicide acts and attempts.
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 does not believe that it is possible to break the law responsibly. SADD and its chapters do not support or condone activities that encourage or enable the use of alcohol by underage young people, including the following activities:
• Designated Driver programs for underage young people
• Safe Rides programs
• Parties where alcohol is served under the supervision of or with the knowledge or consent of parents or other adults