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White Ribbons to promote safe driving

Posted: May 16, 2009 10:41 p.m.
Updated: May 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
The annual White Ribbon Week and Drive Safe Program that teaches teens and graduating seniors about safe driving will take place from May 28 to June 5.

The week corresponds with when local high schools hold graduation ceremonies.

"What we're trying to do is to get our young people to their future," said Mac Middleton, controller at Frontier Toyota. "In this valley, we wind up losing too many young people."

The event is sponsored by the city of Santa Clarita, Frontier Toyota, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Department, Safe Rides, The Signal and the Blue Ribbon Task Force.

As part of the program, high-school seniors receive white ribbons during their school's pre-graduation meetings with administrators, Middleton said.

Inside the card with the white ribbon are the names of local teenagers who have died over the years in traffic collisions as a way to memorialize those who have lost their lives.

Students also hear from a local deputy about what they can do to prevent collisions, Middleton said.

High school seniors often wear their white ribbons on their cap and gowns. Frontier Toyota launched the Drive Safe program in 1997 as a way to prevent car collisions among local teenagers.

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