Delaware Office of Highway Safety Brings Back 4th of July SoberLift Program for Second Consecutive Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:

Cynthia Cavett, Marketing Specialist & Public Information Officer

Delaware Office of Highway Safety

Cynthia.Cavett@delaware.gov

302-744-2743

DUI Initiative Running From July 3rd Through July 7th

DOVER, De. (July 1, 2019) – The Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) is pleased to announce that it is reactivating its SoberLift program, in partnership with Lyft®, for the second consecutive year over the Fourth of July holiday to Delaware’s beach resort community.

The program will begin on Wednesday, July 3, at 4 p.m. and run through Sunday, July 7, at 2 a.m., and will provide free Lyft® vouchers* (maximum value of $15) for individuals who want a safe ride during that time period. To participate in the program, individuals need to text “SoberLift” to 99000 to redeem the discount code. It will be available in Delaware beach towns: Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, South Bethany Beach, and Fenwick Island.

“Delaware continues to see far too many tragedies caused by impaired driving especially at the beaches during the July 4th holiday weekend, “Richard Klepner, Impaired Driving Program Manager, Office of Highway Safety. “It is critical for people to understand the negative consequences of driving under the influence, and we’re thankful to our partners for providing funding to allow Delawareans to plan ahead for a safe ride home.”

Throughout the state from 2014 to 2018, 4th of July weekend saw 53 DUI-related crashes and five DUI-related fatalities. Reports indicate that DUI crashes occur between 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Delaware beaches. This region – east of DE-1 between Dewey Beach, northern limits and Old Mill Pond Bridge – also lead the state with 46 DUI-related crashes in 2018.

Street teams will be present ahead of the holiday weekend, handing out vouchers for SoberLift codes, as well as promoting the program at local bars, restaurants, and other local businesses. Campaign sponsors include: Breakthru Beverage DE, Allstate, Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, First State Brew Bus, Kelly’s Logan House, Washington Street Ale House/Oyster House, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Delaware Department of Insurance, Dewey Business Partnership, Bluecoast Seafood and Grill Rehoboth, The Starboard, Grain, Liquid Alchemy Brewing, Aloysius Butler & Clark (AB&C) and Deardorff.

Cynthia Cavett, Marketing Specialist and Public Information Officer for OHS adds, “We’ve said it before and we will say it again, just one impaired driver can negatively impact the lives of so many people. So while we encourage all Delawareans to have fun, make sure you make safe choices. Utilize our ridesharing program SoberLift, and Arrive Alive this holiday weekend.”

In addition, OHS is partnering with the Delaware State Police and local law enforcement for the national summer holiday campaign for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over from July 4 – July 7, 2019, to put an end to drunk driving. In support of law enforcement’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you’ll see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.

*The number of daily codes, available between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m., will be limited.

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About the Delaware Office of Highway Safety
The Office of Highway Safety (OHS) is committed to improving the safety of Delaware’s motoring public by focusing on behavioral traffic safety issues such as impaired driving, seat belt use, speeding, child passenger safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, motorcycle safety, and teen driving issues. FAQs can be found at ArriveAliveDE.com.


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Campaign Launches Before July 4th Holiday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:

Cynthia Cavett, Marketing Specialist & Public Information Officer

Delaware Office of Highway Safety

Cynthia.Cavett@delaware.gov

302-744-2743

DOVER, De. (July 1, 2019) – The Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) is partnering with the Delaware State Police and local law enforcement statewide for the national summer holiday campaign for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over from July 4 – July 7, 2019, to put an end to drunk driving. In support of law enforcement’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you’ll see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.

“We want to be very clear about the consequences of driving while intoxicated,” said Christopher Klein, Acting Director Delaware Office of Highway Safety. “Intoxicated driving is illegal and potentially deadly, and a risk we don’t want to see people take. Make no mistake: If you are caught driving while intoxicated, you will be arrested.”

During the 2014 to 2018 Fourth of July holiday period in Delaware, there were 53 DUI-related crashes. Five people were killed in those crashes which involved at l

east one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. That’s five families who will forever remember Independence Day with a heavy heart and nightmarish memories.

Celebrate with a Plan

This Fourth of July, drivers are urged to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving.

Remember these tips for a safe night on the roads:

  • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
  • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices.
    • SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
  • If you’re at the Delaware beaches over the holiday weekend, use SoberLift to get a safe ride home. In partnership with Lyft®, the Delaware Office of Highway Safety is offering the sober ride program which will begin on Wednesday, July 3, at 4 p.m. and run through Sunday, July 7, at 2 a.m., and will provide free SoberLift vouchers* (maximum value of $15) for individuals who want a safe ride during that time period.
    • Text “SoberLift” to 99000 to redeem the discount code which will be available in the beach towns of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, South Bethany Beach, and Fenwick Island.
    • *The number of daily codes, available between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m., will be limited.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

You can follow the Delaware Office of Highway Safety by clicking on:

Delaware Office of Highway Safety Web Site

Facebook

Twitter

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About the Delaware Office of Highway Safety
The Office of Highway Safety (OHS) is committed to improving the safety of Delaware’s motoring public by focusing on behavioral traffic safety issues such as impaired driving, seat belt use, speeding, child passenger safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, motorcycle safety, and teen driving issues. FAQs can be found at ArriveAliveDE.com.


DNREC’s Bellevue State Park Summer Concert Series affected by construction project requiring detours to the park

WILMINGTON – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation’s Bellevue State Park has announced that visitors who travel to the park for the Bellevue Summer Concert Series need to be aware that an ongoing road construction project near the park will require using detour routes to get into the park via the entrance at 800 Carr Road, Wilmington, DE 19809.

The I-95 northbound and southbound ramps for Marsh Road, Exit 9, are closed for repairs until the end of August. Due to ongoing construction, motorists are prohibited from turning left onto Carr Road from Marsh Road southbound. A recently-updated GPS navigation system and the Google Maps mobile app can provide accurate turn-by-turn directions to navigate the construction detours and enter Bellevue State Park entrance at 800 Carr Road.

Visitors without GPS or Google Maps mobile app access can follow these directions to navigate safely to the Bellevue park entrance:

  • I-95 northbound: Continue northbound on I-95 past exit 9 (Marsh Road) and exit the interstate at Exit 10 (Harvey Road). Turn right onto Harvey Road, then right again onto Philadelphia Pike. Turn right onto Silverside Road and then left onto Carr Road. The park entrance will be approximately one mile ahead on the left.
  • I-95 southbound: Exit the interstate at Exit 9 (Marsh Road) and turn left onto Marsh Road southbound. Continue past Carr Road and turn left onto Washington Street Extension. Turn left onto Philadelphia Pike, left onto Bellevue Parkway, and left again onto Carr Road. The park entrance will be just ahead on the left.
  • I-495 Northbound and Southbound: Exit the interstate at Exit 4 (Edgemoor). Turn right onto Edgemoor Road, turn slightly right onto State Route 3 (Marsh Road), then turn right onto Carr Road. The park entrance will be just ahead on the right.

The summer concert series has 23 dates, scheduled every Thursday and Sunday now through Aug. 25, with the exception of Thursday, July 4. Visitors who require assistance with navigating to the park to attend concerts can call the park office at 302-761-6963.

Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 49, No.147


Sites across Delaware offer free summer meals to children

Districts, charter schools and community partners across the state are providing free meals to children in their communities so they don’t go hungry while school is out.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and managed locally by the Delaware Department of Education, targets children in low-income areas so they have healthy meals during the summer. Meals are provided in communities in areas where children gather. No registration or proof of eligibility is required at open meal sites. Any child 18 and under who comes is fed.

In Summer 2018, 760,029 meals and snacks were served at 329 sites throughout the state.

“We know many children rely on the meals they receive in school and still have those food needs during summer break,” Secretary of Education Susan Bunting said. “With the partnership of our districts, charter schools and community organizations, this program gives children access to nutritious food during the summer in their own communities.”

To find a Summer Food Service Program location in your community and its dates of operation, call 211 or visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.

If you are interested in being a summer meal site, contact the Delaware Department of Education Nutrition Programs Office at (302) 857-3356.

Note to the media: You are invited to cover any of the following kickoff events:

• 11 a.m., Friday, June 14, Seaford Library, 600 N. Market St. Extension, Seaford
• 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 19, Eisenberg Elementary School, 27 Landers Lane, New Castle
• 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 20, Greater Dover Boys & Girls Club, 1683 New Burton Road, Dover

 

Media Contact: Alison May, alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, 302-735-4006


State awards 21st Century Community Learning Center grants

The Delaware Department of Education has awarded eight new 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program grants under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

 

The 21st CCLC programs are designed to provide students with academic enrichment activities to improve the academic success of students from Title I schools. Schools are designated as Title I based on high percentages of students who come from low-income families.

 

The 21st CCLC programs are partnerships between a school (or schools) and community partner(s).  Partnerships may design programs that support elementary, middle, and/or high school students. Subgrantees must serve students who attend schools that are eligible as Title I schoolwide programs. Subgrantees must offer opportunities for families to actively and meaningfully engage in their children’s education.

 

Funding for 21st CCLCs is awarded through a competitive process. Applicants propose a program and budget based on the activities designed to meet the needs of their students. These programs are renewable for up to five years.

 

The new programs awarded this year are:

 

  • The Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware and the Red Clay Consolidated School District ($320,000) will institute a Futures Workshop summer and after-school program for 110 students in grades K to 5 at Shortlidge Academy and Highlands and Richey elementary schools. The program will offer students a wide range of educational and recreational activities, including tutoring in the core content areas, mentoring, youth development programs, literacy activities, homework help, and music and dance.

 

  • The Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware and the Seaford School District ($400,000) will launch a Great Futures summer and after-school program for 110 students in grades K – 8 at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club for students in Blades, Central, West Seaford, and Fred Douglass elementary schools as well as Seaford Middle School. The program will offer life skills, physical fitness, nutrition, leadership programs, dance, drama, science, engineering and technology.

 

  • The Cape Henlopen School District ($320,000) will run the Friends at Milton Elementary (FAME) summer and after-school program with two community partners, the Milton Public Library and the Milton Theater. About 110 Milton Elementary students in grades 1 through 5 will participate in authentic experiences, which encourage critical thinking, influencing others positively, respecting diversity, and growing through perseverance and determination.

 

  • The Capital School District ($240,000) will lead the East Dover 21st Century Student Learning and Achievement Matters (SLAM) Program with community partners Junior Achievement of Delaware, Kent County Community School, Dover YMCA, Wesley College, Dover Police Athletic League, POLYTECH Adult Education Parents as Teachers, Delaware Multicultural Civic Organization, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension 4-H. About 105 East Dover Elementary School students in grades K through 4 will combine academic and enrichment components with prevention and social/emotional wellness activities that bring quality, real world learning experiences to students and their families during summer and after school.

 

  • The Colonial School District ($399,621) will manage the Creating Access and Opportunity in Colonial summer and after-school program with community partners the Summer Learning Collaboration, the Police Athletic League of Delaware, and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension 4-H. About 185 students from Castle Hills and Eisenberg elementary schools will take part in a year-round program of activities that will help students be better equipped to excel as students, athletes, artists, engineers, and citizens.

 

  • Duffy’s Hope, Inc. and the Christina School District ($240,000) will operate the Duffy’s Hope After-school Prevention Program to allow 85 students in grades 9 – 12 from Glasgow High School to have hands-on learning and opportunities throughout summer and after school to create focus topics based on their interest. Students will participate in various forms of enrichment and teambuilding activities to engage their families and have fun learning.

 

  • The Latin American Community Center (LACC) and the Red Clay Consolidated School District ($240,000) will institute the LACC Youth Achievement Center summer and afterschool for 85 students in grades 7 to 9 from A. I. du Pont Middle School and A. I. du Pont High School. The program will offer organized sports, and enrichment activities, STEM and multi-media programs, leadership development, service learning, and exploring pathways to career and college. The program will also improve caregivers’ parenting skills, English language learning and literacy, and participation in the students’ educational process.

 

  • The Woodbridge School District ($230,000) will lead the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School 21st CCLC Afterschool and Summer Program for students in grades 3- 5. The program will advance academic and social skills and to increase family and school connectedness for students struggling with literacy and mathematics. There will be opportunities for the students to work together on literacy, STEM, and college and career readiness. Social skills instruction and physical fitness will help students become healthy in body and mind.

 

These new grant winners join Delaware 21st CCLC programs funded in previous cohorts:

  • Red Clay Consolidated School District at Lewis Dual Language, Richardson Park and Warner elementary schools;
  • EastSide Charter School;
  • Capital School District at Dover High;
  • University of Delaware Cooperative Extension at Lake Forest South Elementary in Lake Forest School District;
  • University of Delaware Cooperative Extension at Showell Elementary in Indian River School District;
  • Capital School District at Central Middle School;
  • Freire Charter School;
  • Thomas Edison Charter School;
  • Kuumba Charter School;
  • Capital School District at William Henry Middle School;
  • Charter School of New Castle;
  • Great Oaks Charter School; and
  • University of Delaware Cooperative Extension at Milford Academy and Milford High School in Milford School District.

 

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is a competitive federal grant program managed by the Delaware Department of Education. For more information on how schools and community organization partners can apply for a 21st CCLC grant, please contact John Hulse at (302) 735-4100 or john.hulse@doe.k12.de.us.

 

Media Contact: Alison May, alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, 302-735-4006