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White Ribbon Week at local schools

Posted: May 23, 2014 6:07 p.m.
Updated: May 23, 2014 6:07 p.m.
 

Students at Golden Valley High School got a somber reminder Friday to celebrate safely this year, as officials from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station spoke at the school as part of White Ribbon Week and the Drive Safe campaign.

The campaign, which stresses to students the importance of having a safe graduation season, began in 1997 in response to the number of local teenagers who were killed in traffic collisions as a result of poor decisions or reckless or impaired driving, according to a news release from Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.

“Students have worked very, very hard to get to this point in their life and they have their whole entire life ahead of them,” Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Deputy Josh Dubin said Friday. “So we want to congratulate them, we want to remind them to use good judgment and we want to remind them of the students that we have lost in the past.”

Prior to graduation ceremonies each year, a deputy or deputies visit local high school senior classes and distribute white ribbons attached to cards that display the names of Santa Clarita Valley youths killed in traffic collisions.

This year’s card lists six teens that have been killed since 2009.

Sheriff’s Station Capt. Roosevelt Johnson said he wanted to congratulate students on their graduation, but also caution them to avoid high-risk decisions such as drinking and driving or getting into a car with someone who has been drinking.

“That combination is devastating and deadly for someone of their age,” he said.

Students are asked to wear the ribbon to both pay respect to those who have lost their lives and to pledge to not engage in high-risk activities.

Dubin said anyone who uses social media can use “#SCVWhiteRibbon” to pledge their support for the campaign.
The program is sponsored by Henry Mayo, Frontier Toyota, Safe Rides, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the city of Santa Clarita.

 

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