SADD (Students Against Dangerous Driving) exists to empower young Kiwis to prevent loss on our roads. Established in 1985, in a response to unacceptable levels of road trauma for youth, students set about to make a positive change. The NZAA helped to make the SADD charitable trust a national initiative soon after its launch and has been a major supporter ever since.
These days, AA Driving School and AA’s advocacy team work closely with SADD to achieve the common goals of educating young drivers about road safety and preventing loss on our roads. SADD not only allows young Kiwis to have a voice but provides a platform to amplify road safety messages. SADD is the leading organisation for student-led road safety education.
The programme is closely aligned to road safety goals. SADDs 6 principles; Sober Drivers, Safe Speeds, No Distractions, Avoiding Risk, Driving to the Conditions and Building Experience (which the AA Driving School sponsors), reinforce safer choices and decision making on our roads.
Students focus on real issues affecting young road users and use problem-solving techniques to design engaging activities, influencing their peers to reduce road trauma and enhance wellbeing outcomes. SADDs National Leadership Programme enables young Kiwis to lead change to promote a safer NZ. The AA is proud to be a part of this.
SADD Goals are:
- Empower young Kiwis to lead and inspire positive road user behaviours by creating leaders, innovators and change-makers in their schools and communities
- Promote positive activities for all road users that contribute to a Safe System
- Contribute to injury prevention initiatives
- Contribution to a strong civil society
- To enhance wellbeing by preventing harm caused by road trauma and contributing towards building a productive nation
SADD collaborates with community partners nationwide to ensure effective, sustainable action.
To find out more about SADD and how you can get involved to help make a difference go to the SADD website www.sadd.org.nz and follow them on social media @saddnz.