Safe Rides Program Closed
SANTA CLARITA, CA –As an alternative to drinking and driving, or riding with an unsafe driver Santa Clarita Valley Safe Rides has been offering teenagers a safe, free and confidential ride home every Friday and Saturday night for the past 32 years. Several factors led to the decision to cease operations, among them are; the rising cost of insurance and restrictions on teenage drivers. There are also more rides services available and teenagers aren’t using Safe Rides. The last night of operations was December 15th.
Santa Clarita Valley Safe Rides was founded on December 19, 1986 by Penny Upton and Betty Burke Oldfield after six local teenagers died in the previous eighteen months due to alcohol-related collisions.
Penny Upton, who has been running the program since its inception, said, “Safe Rides would not have been possible without the enormous support from the community. Thank you to everyone for helping us save lives.”
Over the years, Safe Rides has provided volunteer opportunities to more than 5,000 teens and driven 400,000 plus miles to provide well over 40,000 teens a safe ride home.
Planning is in the works for an event to recognize volunteers and reunite with past members to celebrate 32 years of saving lives.