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Greenwich, CT | Added on April 07, 2015 At 02:00 PM

Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei has said it is important to protect the youth of the Town. So he worked with other Town officials to create the First Selectman's Youth Commission. 

"They really have say and input in projects that matter to them," said Jenny Byxbee the Town's Youth Services Coordinator. 

"Really establishing a framework in which young people can bring issues to the fore and take their rightful place within the public dialogue," said First Selectman Peter Tesei. 

Members of the First Selectman's Youth Commission say it is focusing on is the rebirth of Safe Rides. Last year, members say students tried calling for a Safe Ride, but no one was picking up. 

"The Youth Commission was very concerned last spring with prom season coming up, that people had become so used to having Safe Rides that.. what would they do?" said Byxbee. 

Now, Safe Rides is back up and running with help from the Youth Commission, the Transportation Association of Greenwich and the Greenwich United Way.  

"It's a teen and volunteer lead program. Teens work with adults to give a safe ride home to students, who many times are intoxicated," said Madison Blair, a member of the FSYC. 

Kids utilizing Safe Rides will not get in trouble with the law, but will receive medical attention if necessary. The program just received a $5,000 grant from the Junior League of Greenwich to sustain it through this upcoming prom season. 

"It's not an inexpensive program.  You have to pay for drivers, gas, and car insurance. These are all expensive, but the result is priceless if we can save lives," said Byxbee. 

"Unfortunately, drinking is a big problem in Greenwich and other towns. This can help prevent drinking and driving, or prevent a tragedy from happening," said Blair. 

"We are seeing to it that young people don't fall into hazard," said Tesei. 

Safe Ride runs weekend nights from 10 pm to 1 am. The number for the hotline is (203) 869- 8445. 

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