LAHS Students Win DWI Awareness Poster Contest

These top three winning posters are created by students at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos

The DWI Planning Council is celebrating success with their DWI awareness poster contest and some great plans for February.

Three members of the Los Alamos High School class of 2019 were the top three vote getters after 70 entries were submitted for review, during DWI Awareness Week. Those winners will now have their posters displayed Feb. 17 for “DWI Day at the Roundhouse” at the Round House.

The first place entry by Jade Portillos, featured a drawing of a large eye with a teardrop and the words “Keep Us Alive, Don’t Drink & Drive.”

Sophomores, Bryce Gentile and Jesus Loya-Munoz tied for second place with a visual message that makes the viewer think before making a decision to drink and drive.

The young men utilized the caption, “Choose your ride,” while featuring a combination of vehicles including a taxi, police car or ambulance that might determine their fate after drinking and driving.

“The DWI Planning Council was thrilled to receive more than 70 entries for the poster contest,” local DWI Coordinator Kirsten Bell said. “A big thanks to Mr. Pomeroy (LAHS teacher) for focusing on DWI Awareness & Prevention as part of his Driver’s Ed classes and encouraging students to submit entries.”

Holiday themed posters placed in the top 5 and were utilized just before the holidays to promote a free ride, sponsored by the DWI-PC on Atomic City Transit (ACT).

The posters were used on the buses and on social media as part of the campaign to promote the New Year’s “Buzz Bus,” These posters along with other advertising helped to make that event a success with 80 riders taking advantage of the safe ride service on New Year’s Eve.

The success of the effort has prompted the all volunteer group to try again on Superbowl Sunday.

“The DWI Planning Council voted to fund Buzz Bus safe ride services for Feb. 5, with reservations starting Friday for rides  2:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday,” Bell said. “As with all of the Buzz Bus services, rides are available to and from any location in Los Alamos County.”

All reservations for the free ride service can be made by calling ACT at 661.RIDE (7433). To learn more about the DWI Council or to suggest an activity, call Bell at 662.8241.

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