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2019-10-28

Statewide Campaign Focuses on Keeping Youth and Teens Safe on Halloween Night

SALEM, VA—Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) is joining with the Virginia State Police (VSP) and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office to encourage youth and teens to make good choices and celebrate responsibly as part of the statewide Halloween Safety Campaign.  The campaign’s focus is to prevent a tragedy on what is supposed to be a fun night for youth.

Over the next week, schools and youth groups across the Commonwealth are participating in the peer-to-peer campaign by organizing programs and activities to promote safe and responsible celebrations for Halloween. Participating schools will be displaying Halloween safety banners and posters with the message: “Driving Safely is the Trick, Getting Home Safely is the Treat. Buckle Up, Celebrate Without Drugs or Alcohol.” They will also be distributing pledge cards and flashlight key chains, and making announcements before and after school to promote a safe Halloween.

The campaign also provides an opportunity for high school students to talk with students at their local preschool, elementary and middle schools about trick-or-treat safety and being safe pedestrians on Halloween night. The message for younger students will be on buckling up, being seen while trick or treating, and making good choices.

YOVASO staff say irresponsible driving behaviors such as underage drinking and driving as well as texting and driving can be even more deadly on Halloween night when young children are out trick-or-treating on neighborhood streets. Between 2012 and 2016, there were 168 drunk-driving fatalities on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1).* Approximately 44 percent of all fatalities on Halloween night were crashes involving a drunk driver.*

“It is important for parents and schools to remind teens to drive safely and make good choices when out celebrating this weekend and on Halloween night,” said Mary King, YOVASO Program Manager.  “Poor decisions, such as texting and driving, underage drinking and drug use, speeding, and forgetting to buckle up while out celebrating can ruin what is supposed to be a fun occasion. Driving safely and avoiding distractions becomes even more critical on Halloween night when young children will be trick-or-treating in neighborhoods.”

Here Are Some Suggested Safety Tips for Teens to Follow for a safe Halloween:

  • Avoid driving during “Halloween Rush Hour” from 5:30-9 p.m. when children are trick–or-treating.
  • Drive below the speed limit in residential neighborhoods and use alternate routes when possible.
  • Scan ahead for trick-or-treaters and yield to pedestrians.
  • Use caution around stopped vehicles in neighborhoods and proceed slowly.
  • Drive distraction-free.
  • Celebrate responsibly and resist any peer pressure to celebrate Halloween with alcohol and/or drugs or to drive while impaired—it’s illegal.
  • Do not ride with any drivers who may have used alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Be on the alert for drivers who could be under the influence of something other than sweets.
  • Remember to always buckle up.

Safety Tips for Youth to Follow for a Fun and Safe Halloween:

  • Avoid distractions and leave electronic devices at home while walking or biking
  • Wear reflective clothing
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick
  • Walk on sidewalks when possible
  • Only trick-or-treat in well-lit neighborhoods
  • Older students should always travel in pairs or large groups and let parents know where you are going
  • Younger students should always trick or treat with a parent or adult supervision
  • Never approach a stranger’s car
  • Make good decisions and avoid any mischief that could ruin a fun night
  • Stay alert and Be Seen on Halloween in case motorists are not watching out for you

More information and safety tips can be found on the YOVASO website: https://www.yovaso.org/halloween-campaign/   

YOVASO is Virginia’s peer‐to‐peer education and prevention program for teen driver and passenger safety. Through YOVASO, teens work to advocate for safer driving among their peers and to develop positive prevention strategies for their schools and communities. The program, which currently has 110 active member schools and youth groups across Virginia, is administered by the Virginia State Police and funded through a grant from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. YOVASO also receives support from State Farm.

Morrison and King Nominated by Emporia-Greensville Dems

Dear Editor:

The Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee has nominated two outstanding candidates to run in this fall’s General Election!  We have running for Greensville County and the City of Emporia –

George Morrison for Clerk of Circuit Court and Stephen King for Sheriff!

George is the Chairman of our local committee and he brings nearly 28 years of experience in local government in middle and senior management as well as having owned and managed his consulting business.  He is a Silver Life Member of the Greensville Emporia NAACP as well as its Secretary.  Morrison is a lifelong United Methodist and attends Main Street United Methodist where he is a Trustee, At-Large member of Church Council, had served a decade as its Worship Committee Chairperson, is a member of United Methodist Men as well as its Adult Chancel Choir.  Additionally Morrison had been tapped by several Bishops and District Superintendents to serve on both State Church Conference wide and Petersburg and James River District Committees.

As Clerk, Morrison proposes further modernizing the operations of the office while improving the quality of customer service to ALL citizens and customers.  Upon taking office George will reinstate free Notary Public Services to the citizens of Greensville and Emporia.  Additionally, he will seek to select jury pools that accurately reflect the real demographics of our community.  Morrisonwill seek to establish, like other counties and cities across the Commonwealth, an introduction to the necessity and functions of the courts system.  This program will be geared toward our high school seniors as he works with the school system to introduce the functionality of the court and judicial system on a level playing field.

Stephen is a Greensville County native, graduate of Greensville County High School, and meets and exceeds all of the requirements set by the Commonwealth of Virginia to be YOUR next Sheriff of Greensville County and the City of Emporia.   He intends to use his nearly twenty years of extensive corporate management experience, bybringing to the community his analytical, administrative and organizational skills. His ability to achieve goals, objectives, and futuristic; both short and long-term visions will provide a safe, secure, and better quality of life for all citizens of Greensville County.

He is an active member of in both the Democratic Committee as well as the Greensville Emporia NAACP.

Sheriff King WILL maximize crime prevention, take a strong stance against drugs that currently plague our community and establish community outreach for our youth.  In addition, Stephen is a strong believer in Community Policing increasing patrols throughout the county and reestablishing Project Lifesaver and the Triad Program for our seniors and an after school program for our youth. 

Stephen is dedicated to Progressive Change and FIRM but Fair Leadership.  When elected, he is ready to roll up his sleeves and serve our community in a hands-on, collaborative way with RESPECT, INTEGRITY and theINVOLVEMENT you deserve!

Recently, both Morrison and King have been endorsed by United States Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas and Member of the House of Delegates, Lashrecse Aird, and Chairwoman of the Fourth Congressional District Democratic Committee.

Keep Greensville County and the City of Emporia BLUE and vote the Democratic Ticket on November 5th

Emporia-Greensville Democratic Committee

George E. Morrison, III, Chairman

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Emporia Manor Goes Pink for Breast Cance Awarness

The Emporia Manor staff and residents participated in “Pink Out Day” to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Pictured are (front row) Taylor Simmons, (back row, left-right) Janice Randof, Melanie Gosney, Mary Pair, Mark Morton, Sheila Sasser, Shonda Thornhill, Bella Harvey, Annette McLaurin, and Whitney Burke.

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