Law enforcement is meeting with high school students ahead of prom season to encourage safe and responsible decision-making.

Oneida County Sheriff Rober Maciol launched the “No Empty Chair” campaign Friday at Sauquoit High School, which is a week-long educational initiative to help keep young drivers safe. Each day focuses on a different topic, including:

  • Monday, April 25: Speeding in the school zone
  • Tuesday, April 26: seat belts and child restraints
  • Wednesday, April 27: Cell phone use and texting
  • Thursday, April 28: Operation safe stop
  • Friday, April 29: Underage drinking and impaired driving

The campaign educates students about the dangers of drink-driving, especially during prom and graduation season.

“It sets a reminder that stays in the minds of students and…it could be that small step that we have to take when we’re on the road and we have that choice, you know, just remember that we can take a better choice, like picking up the phone…or finding a ride home if you decide to drink,” said student council president Alena Weibel.

Maciol reminds all young drivers to fasten their seat belts, slow down and put away their cell phones when driving.


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