A coalition of the Elma High School, local First Responders, community groups and interested individuals have joined together to help reduce and prevent alcohol, drug-impaired and distracted driving. The Elma High School ASB Leadership kicked-off the efforts with requesting Mayor Jim Sorensen to Proclaim the week of April 29th 2019 “Drive Safe, You Are Loved Week” on April 15th, 6:00 pm at the Elma City Council Meeting.

In 2018 the Grays Harbor Community was affected by 15 serious injury collisions with the loss of 4 lives. The cause of these collisions was connected to or directly related to alcohol, drugs or distracted driving.

“We are committed to getting the word out to our community that driving safe is a priority and everyone is loved by someone in their life,” said Susan Shultz, Chief of Police. She added, “People who are seriously hurt or die in impaired-driving crashes are real people. They are our families, friends, and neighbors, and their injuries and deaths are preventable — they are not accidents.”

The Elma High School Leadership students are promoting a community event where anyone can participate. Students are asking you to place a “Elma blue” ribbon on the message, “Drive Safe, You Are Loved” sign in front of the High School on Main Street in Elma.

“The ribbons represent community involvement in our distracted driving awareness week and serve as a reminder that someone loves you” said Ella Moore, Elma High School ASB/Leadership”. “The blue ribbons are available at local businesses in Elma. You are encouraged to show support for a loved one and your commitment to driving safe.”