Hanover Cares was thrilled by the opportunity to join the Randolph Macon College Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and the college's Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Office to put on this one mile run to promote the prevention of drinking and driving. Hanover Cares is in their second year of a grant project that targets the reduction of alcohol related crashes among 15-24 year old drivers in Hanover County. Our coalition applauds Randolph Macon College for taking a proactive approach to keeping their students safe. Spring break is right around the corner, and research shows drinking and driving accidents and associated tragedies spike during this period among college age students. More than 1,800 college age students lose their lives annually to drinking and driving crashes.
The Ashland Police Department (APD) had several of their officers at the event, including Chief Goodman, who joined in the mile run around campus just after midnight. Chief Goodman told the students that his team was there to encourage the students to make good choices when it came to drinking and driving, but to also remind them they were going to remain vigilant about getting drunk drivers off the road who insisted on making decisions that put themselves and the community in danger. Hanover Cares is grateful for our continued partnership with the APD and the Hanover County Sheriff's Office on this grant project.
At the event, approximately 40 students pledged to avoid drinking and driving. The students' commitment to cause, along with their unbridled enthusiasm that carried on long after the last runner crossed the finish line, offered hope to many of us in attendance that we'll continue to save more and more young people from the completely preventable tragedies that come from drinking and driving.
Hanover Cares would like to thank all of those at Randolph Macon College who worked hard to plan the event, especially Anne Powell, Athletics Operations Coordinator, Randi Beurlein, of the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Office, Moe Kiely of Campus Security, and the many student volunteers. Also, a special thanks to the entire Ashland Police Department.