• ‘Alive at 25’ Reminds Students to Drive With Care


    “Alive At 25” paid a visit to Westminster High School during Homecoming Week to reinforce the message to students that driving safely is the only way to drive.

    ALive In the past, “Alive at 25” has spread the word about driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. This year it came with an additional and timely message; any distraction can make the difference between life and death.

    Westminster Police Officer Karl Erichson asked young drivers to eliminate distractions while driving.

    He specifically mentioned talking and texting on the phone, eating food and applying makeup. All of those activities have been tied to deadly accidents. Students were also moved by speakers like 31-year-old Phil Ruzzuto who survived a life changing car crash. In November of 1999, Phil was T-boned by a drunk driver leaving him and his passenger severely injured. Phil described how his life changed and the impact it had on him and his family.

    14 years later, Phil remains optimistic. “The wreck was the best thing that ever happened to me, because I learned a lot and can share my experience with students like you,” he said. “I hope that at least one of you will hear what I am saying”.

    Gail Parrish emotionally spoke to the students about her daughter Jenna Breen who was killed by a drunk driver. To make Gail’s story hit home with the students, her daughter’s car was brought to the school for students to view.

    Westminster High Senior Rosalie Parriott was moved by what she heard and saw. “Seeing the damage made me rethink small distractions such as taking a sip of coffee” she said. “Today was eye opening.”

    Posted October 3, 2013