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SCV White Ribbon Week Encourages Graduating Teens to Make it Safe and Make It Home

Posted: May 9, 2013 5:55 p.m.
Updated: May 9, 2013 5:55 p.m.

VALENCIA, CA (May 9, 2013)—There are five names that will serve as reminders to Santa Clarita Valley teens this graduation season about the importance of driving safe and making it home.

The names—Sarah Alarid, Jaime M. Arias, Eric Gilhooley, Dakota DeMott and Derek Millsap-- are listed on the 2013 White Ribbon Week Campaign Memorial cards and will be passed out to graduating seniors as their official reminder of the Santa Clarita teens who died in traffic collisions during the past six years.

“It is our hope that our program is prompting teens to pay attention and improve their driving habits,” said a spokesman from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “We believe our White Ribbon campaign is making a difference.”

The White Ribbon Campaign began in 1997 in response to concerns over the large number of local teenagers who lost their lives in vehicular collisions as a result of someone’s bad decision to drive recklessly or while impaired. The Class of 2006 White Ribbon card listed the names of 24 students who were killed between 2001 and 2006. This year’s Class of 2013 card lists the names of the five teenagers killed since 2006.

Prior to graduation ceremonies each year, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputy visits local high school senior class assemblies and distributes white ribbons attached to the memorial cards listing the names of Santa Clarita Valley youth ages 14 to 20 killed in traffic collisions in the past six years.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy asks teens to wear the ribbons during their graduation ceremonies in memory of those who have lost their lives. The ribbons also provide a drive safe message in hopes of encouraging students to have fun during their celebrations without engaging in high-risk activities, such as impaired driving, to prevent any further traffic collisions.

The White Ribbon Campaign is a part of the Drive Safe Program, initiated by Frontier Toyota with the assistance of several community organizations including Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, Safe Rides, City of Santa Clarita, and The Signal.

Throughout the year, the Drive Safe team hosts a number of events designed to reinforce the message that teens should act responsibly before placing themselves in potentially dangerous vehicular situations. The main goal of the program is to get students to make a plan before they go out to be responsible, not let their friends drink or use drugs and drive or ride with an impaired driver, and take advantage of designated driver programs such as Safe Rides.

Local residents wishing to share their support and encourage safe driving habits may pick up free white ribbons from Frontier Toyota, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Santa Clarita City Hall and The Signal.

For more information, contact Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital at (661) 200-1306.

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