In 1985 students at Mahurangi College were shocked by the number of teenage road deaths. To create awareness and bring about positive change, SADD was born.
Students Against Dangerous Driving (SADD) empowers young Kiwis to prevent loss on our roads. Together. Our vision is that youth will adopt safer attitudes and behaviours when stepping into a car.
In the 30 years SADD has been in existence 2461 teenagers have lost their lives on our roads. That is the equivalent of nearly every pupil at Auckland Grammar losing their life.
Things have improved a lot in the last 30 years though. The number of deaths and injuries among young people has decreased by 71%. But the question remains - is it enough?
Still an issue
When you add together the deaths and injuries, road trauma still sits alongside suicide as the greatest source of harm to our young people.
Our role is to provide support and give young people a voice to spread safe driving messages. We need teenagers to develop their own solutions and educate their mates about staying safe on the road.
Want to make a difference? Join SADD today and use your voice to help make our roads safer.