ABOUT US

Mission

 

Safe Rides is a non-profit organization dedicated to making our community a safer place by providing teens a ride home as an alternative to Drinking and Driving.

History

 

Nationwide, the #1 cause of death and injury to young people between the ages of 15 and 24 is traffic collisions. Alcohol and other drugs play a major part in those incidents.

Safe Rides is a community service program that provides free and confidential safe rides home to teens (within certain boundaries) who are not in a condition to drive safely, or to teens who want to avoid being a passenger in an unsafe situation.

 

The idea behind Safe Rides originated in Darien, Connecticut. In one year, that community lost seven teenagers in DUI traffic collisions.

 

Santa Clarita Valley Safe Rides was started in December 1986 because of the tragic deaths of six local teenagers between May 1985 and August 1986 due to alcohol-related traffic collisions.

 

Government officials, community leaders, law enforcement, teachers and education administrators have acknowledged the significant contribution this vital program has provided in reducing teen deaths and improving Santa Clarita Valley road safety.

What We Do

Every Friday and Saturday night from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am, the teen volunteers and adult supervisor meet in the Safe Rides headquarters. Teen dispatchers handle all incoming calls. Other teens are paired into coed driving teams, a driver and navigator. Each driver uses his or her family vehicle. While the team is out on call, the navigator keeps in contact with the headquarters using a cell phone.

 

The adult volunteer is on duty for the teens to consult if help is needed.

661-259-6330        SAFE RIDES   P.O. BOX 3001, Canyon Country, CA 91386

661-259-6330        saferides@socal.rr.com