Kennesaw State University helps curb number of traffic accidents in Georgia

Kennesaw State University is working to curb the number of traffic accidents in Georgia − the…

Georgia (Nov 1, 2007) — Kennesaw State University helps curb number of traffic accidents in Georgia

Jeremy Craig


Director of University Relations
Frances Weyand Harrison

Contact: Jeremy Craig‚ 770−499−3448 or

State grant to KSU professor will help promote highway safety among Hispanics

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Nov. 1‚ 2007) −− Kennesaw State University is working to curb the number of traffic accidents in Georgia − the leading cause of death for Hispanics under the age of 34‚ according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A $47‚000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) has been awarded to Alan LeBaron‚ a distinguished service professor at KSU who is heading up an effort to promote highway safety among Hispanics‚ the fastest growing population in the nation.

Georgia’s Hispanic population now exceeds 600‚000‚ according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

“I believe that we can do more to make the roads safer‚” LeBaron said. “That is why the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and I have been working together to identify highway safety problems and develop solutions that are non−political and culturally sensitive.”

The grant will help fund DUI and highway safety education programs for Hispanics in Cobb and Cherokee counties in addition to supporting the dissemination of educational materials‚ which will be handed out at special events. Material also will be produced for television and radio.

“Our goal is to reduce the risk of traffic accidents and injuries by providing education on traffic statistics and the rules of the road to individuals who may not know such information.”

LeBaron uses his extensive background in Central and South American history and his experience working with the Guatemalan Maya in northwest Georgia to maintain a program that is culturally relevant.

“Last year we reached approximately tens of thousands of Spanish speakers with our information‚ and we continue to look for ways to be effective‚” he said.

LeBaron has been a professor at KSU since 1991‚ and he plans to publish his research findings to encourage others to develop similar programs. The grant will be effective from October 2007 through September 2008.

For more information or to schedule an interview with LeBaron‚ please contact Jeremy Craig at 770−499−3448 or


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