Local group offers teens safe rides home

HANOVER, Va. (WRIC) — Parents are volunteering to drive kids home so they won’t have to drink and drive.

This comes after a deadly Hanover crash where two young men were killed.

Dylan Ballard, a 17-year-old student and football player at Lee-Davis High School, was tragically killed in a car crash on Cold Harbor Road. 22-year-old Elliot Hinton, a Lee-Davis alum, also died in the crash. Four others, including the driver, were seriously injured.

Court records indicate one of the survivor’s told deputies that they had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana before the crash.

The Facebook group ‘Safe Rides for Teens in the Ville‘ already has more than 25,000 members, in less than 24 hours.

Pam Peters, the group creator, says she was inspired by Dylan Ballards parents who passed out cards at his funeral with thier phone numbers on it and the phrase “Never 2 L8 to call.”

“We DO NOT condone the consumption of alcohol,” Peters said. “We encourage parents and teens to have in-depth discussions and clear boundaries on this topic.”

The group says they hope teens choose to stay sober, but if that doesn’t happen they want teens to know they have a safe ride home with no questions or judgements.

They’ve created a Google Doc for volunteers to share contact information so teens can save the numbers in their phones.

You can reach out to the group on their Facebook page and Twitter page.

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