What is Safe & Sober Grad Night?
Safe and Sober Grad Night is an annual event established over two decades ago. This event is put on entirely by LHS parents and local contributors to provide our Livermore High graduating seniors with a fun, safe and memorable celebration of their High School Graduation. The goal of the event is to provide a fun, safe, supervised, and sober graduation celebration for all Livermore graduating seniors. We know that our LHS seniors want to celebrate with their friends on the night of their graduation. We want to make that celebration spectacular….and safe.
Grad Night provides an alternative to non-school sponsored graduation celebrations where under-age drinking often occurs. This helps avoid past tragedies where lives have been lost in senseless traffic accidents on graduation night. We want to keep our graduates safe to live another day giving them the opportunity to pursue their dreams including college, career, family, or whatever path they might choose.
If one alcohol related arrest, injury, or death is prevented by this alcohol free celebration then the extensive effort to plan and fund it will have been well worth it – both for our Livermore graduates and our community in general.
With the help of our community, businesses, volunteers, students, and administration Safe and Sober Grad Night raises up to $45,000 annually. It is important to LHS PTSA and our Grad Night Committee that ticket prices are kept as affordable as possible so the maximum number of students can attend.
The event takes place on the night of graduation beginning at about 10PM and lasts all night, ending at 5AM. It involves food, entertainment, prizes, lots of fun huge inflatable games, and MORE!
A Little History:
Bob and Cheryl Rumberger hosted the first All-Night Graduation party for their graduating senior and friends. That party was attended by about 200 Livermore and Granada graduating seniors. The party was designated as drug and alcohol free and those attending were welcome to stay all night to celebrate. To keep the party safe and sober no “in and out” privileges were extended. The Rumbergers were instrumental in organizing All Night Safe and Sober Graduation celebrations at each High School.
According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 8.7 million Americans between ages 12-20 report current alcohol consumption.
By age 15, about 35 percent of teens have had at least 1 drink.
Impaired driving accounts for more than 16,000 deaths, one million injuries, and $45 billion in costs to society every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA.
Alcohol and other impairing drugs are involved in approximately 40 percent of all traffic crashes in which someone is killed each year.
In 2012, 239 child passengers (under age 15) were killed in drunk driving crashes – representing 20 percent of all child traffic fatalities. Of those, more than half (52 percent) were passengers in a vehicle with the drunk driver.
NHTSA data query, 2013.
See more at: MADD http://www.madd.org/statistics/#sthash.iTstJqlI.dpuf
SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions
Parent Central: Resources for Parents of new drivers: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/teendriving.htm
Fact Sheet for novice Drivers from NHTSA: Alcohol and Driving
Find additional studies and reports on Impaired Driving at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Research+&+Evaluation/Impaired+driving+(alcohol-related)+reports