The good news for fans of Safe Rides is that Saturday night’s fundraiser at 49 Byfield Lane, a new construction from Silver Properties, was a hit.
“We succeeded in raising $30,000,” said Peter Negrea, a GHS grad now a freshman at Fordham University, who organized the event with current Safe Rides President Julia Moch (GHS senior), and Chad Silver (Hobart class of 2019.) Continue Reading →
Safe Rides president Julia Moch rebutted the idea that students substitute Uber for Safe Rides.
“Bedford Road to Old Greenwich costs about $30 with Uber, and that’s not including fare spikes for late night hours,” Moch said. “During daytime ‘quiet hours’ a trip via Uber from top to bottom of Greenwich costs $25…. Sometimes Uber drivers will refuse to pick up kids from parties because sometimes kids won’t show up. And because kids could throw up or damage their car…or spill alcohol.” Continue Reading →
Motivational speaker, Chris Sandy visited GHS on Friday to share a story that began when he killed two people when he drove drunk at 22.
He served 8-1/2 years in the penitentiary and has since become a motivational speaker.
In prison, the victim of drunk driving, Eric Krug, visited him regularly and became his best friend.
Since leaving prison, Mr. Sandy married Mr. Krug’s sister and started a family. Continue Reading →
In May, 2014, Greenwich High School seniors Courtney Oarr and Matt Pignataro, interns for Greenwich Free Press, wrote, “Picture this. You’re heavily intoxicated at a party with no way home. Or, your promised ride home is not in a position to give you a lift. Who do you call? Not Safe Rides. Safe Rides, once a popular program in the Town of Greenwich, is officially off the road.”
History repeats. Continue Reading →
Safe Rides has struggled to find footing after being dropped two years ago by the Red cross who decided to double down on their focus on disaster relief. Subsequently Safe Rides was kept afloat by the Junior League and Transportation Association of Greenwich, before inadvertently being omitted from the town Budget. On Thursday, First Selectman Peter Tesei explained the unfortunate oversight at the Board of Selectmen meeting. Continue Reading →
“It is crucial for us to reinstate the program before something tragic happens… In a survey I conducted for Greenwich High School, 66% of students that responded stated that they have personally known someone to drink and drive, which is a very scary statistic.” – GHS student Alex Buffone, First Selectman’s Youth Commission Continue Reading →
At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting in town hall, Peter Tesei talked about the three hours he spent helping with Safe Rides last Saturday night. He was met with laughs as he recalled, “It was a great experience for me, and I learned quite a bit about what young people do… after hours.” Continue Reading →
Safe Rides, once a popular program in the Town of Greenwich, is officially over. GFP interns record the reaction of their peers at Greenwich High School. Continue Reading →
With the Red Cross out of the “Safe Rides” business, and senior prom coming up on June 7, First Selectman Peter Tesei said volunteers would be sought to provide rides to students between the hours of 11:00pm and 4:00am. Continue Reading →