Students offered safe ride home

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AMHERST - Students attending the prom at Amherst Regional High School can now be assured they'll arrive home alive.

Students offered safe ride home

AMHERST - Students attending the prom at Amherst Regional High School can now be assured they'll arrive home alive.

The school's Students Against Drunk Driving chapter is joining forces with Your Cab and Nikko Video to make sure tonight's festivities don't end in tragedy.

Those attending the prom needing a ride home will be given a card good for a free cab ride home as well as a $5 gift certificate from Nikko Video. Each card will even come with a quarter taped to it so students can call the taxi company.

"The SADD committee came up with this idea to make sure everyone gets home safely after the prom and the parties that often take place afterwards," Michelle Richard of the school's teen health centre and the SADD co-ordinator said. "We want to make sure no one gets behind the wheel of a car after having a few drinks or gets into a car with a driver who has been drinking."

SADD co-chair and graduating student Katie Wride said the program should give students and parents peace of mind.

"This should help make sure all grads can celebrate the prom knowing there's a safe way home afterwards," she said. "There's really no excuse now for getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks or going home with someone who's been drinking. A ride home is just a phone call away and there's even a quarter to make the call."

Const. Francis Smith of the Amherst Police Department said the idea came from the Canadian Youth Against Impaired Driving website and has been used successfully in other areas.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nikko Video, Amherst Regional High School, SADD committee Amherst Police Department Canadian Youth

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  • Crime Prevention Society
    January 18, 2010 - 10:41

    Congratulations to Community Police Officer Cst. Francis Smith, his SADD team and community partners for their efforts, when students are celebrating their wonderful accomplishments, it is great to see this type of team effort to give them options and most important to work together to make sure the students have FUN while staying SAFE. More communities across NS should consider adopting this type of project. Again, a fine example of community working together Congratulations!!