The podium with an extendable STOP sign is one of two used by Governor Nathan Deal during his 2012 "Stop Means Stop" campaign to increase safety awareness of Georgia's school buses. The podium is even signed by Governor Deal and his wife.
At yesterday's brief ceremony Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, said Langston Chapel Middle School was selected to receive the podium because of the school's "remarkable" emphasis on school bus safety.
Principal Karen Doty said the podium "...will remind us and our school system just how important it is to remind children about school bus safety."
From there Blackwood and other state officials went to Sweetheart Circle on the Georgia Southern University campus and hosted a news conference about efforts to cut down on the number of crashes involving teen drivers which result in injuries and fatalities.
University President Brooks Keel told the gathering there are 20,500 students and the school is conducting a campaign to prevent young people from being killed senselessly.
According to a Georgia Southern release, the number one cause of teenage deaths in Georgia and the nation is traffic crashes.