Miss Camellia campaigns against drunk driving

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 7, 2001

Ashley Stidham, Miss Camellia 2000, was in Greenville Friday morning, and she brought bumper stickers that are part of her continued commitment to campaign against drinking and driving, and to promote alcohol awareness'.

In front of 15 people, she, along with Mayor Dexter McLendon and Police Chief Lonzo Ingram placed the first bumper sticker on a Greenville police cruiser.

Stidham, who was appointed to the Governor's Task Force on Alcohol Abuse by Gov. Don Siegelman, developed a bumper sticker which has been placed on many law enforcement vehicles throughout the state.

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She initially introduced her platform in Greenville and Butler County in January, when she launched her Campaign Resolution' program.

More than 36 groups throughout Alabama heard her original motivational speech, including several area schools.

The primary focus she has shared was Most resolutions change your life; this resolution will save your life.'

Ashley has encouraged underage students to resolve not to drink until reaching a legal age.

Adults were encouraged to resolve that if they choose to drink not to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office was the first group in the state to place the bumper stickers on more than 100 patrol cars.

"I hope other groups throughout the state will hear about this bumper sticker promotion," Stidham said. "If there is a department of transportation or public safety anywhere in Alabama that would be willing to place these on their vehicles I would be more than happy to provide as many as necessary."

Chief Ingram commended the timing of these bumper stickers, and the message that Ashley is bringing.

"We are about to enter into the prom season," Ingram said. "This message is very timely-we appreciate the message that Ashley, along with all our schools, is putting out to the students about alcohol safety."

"I have never known anyone with the commitment and dedication of Ashley," said Wendy McDougal, director of the Miss Camellia pageant. "She possesses an outstanding work ethic, an unprecedented level of enthusiasm, and a sincere desire to spread her message to as many groups as possible.

"It is truly a privilege to work with her and to have her represent the Miss Camellia Scholarship Program in the Miss Alabama Pageant," McDougal said.

Stidham, a sophomore on the Dean's List at Samford University is majoring in Business Administration, with aspirations of receiving a master's degree in Healthcare Administration.