Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach) is encouraging students attending proms and their parents or guardians to sign the Arrive Alive pledge. This agreement encourages safe-driving practices to help teens stay safe this prom season.
“Prom can be a fun and exciting culmination to the school year, but too often, the excitement turns to tragedy when teens drink and drive,” Weisenberg said. “Teens are often pressured by their peers to drink during prom night, which can lead to dangerous decisions. I encourage all families to sign this pledge together and ensure the safety of their children and their classmates this spring.”
The pledge requires teens to promise not to drink and drive, or accept a ride from someone who has been drinking, and requires parents or guardians to provide a ride at any time during the night – no questions asked.
The threat of underage drinking is real – even if parents think their child is an exception, Weisenberg said. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, one in five teens binge drinks, while only one in 100 parents believes their child binge drinks; teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year; and one out of three alcohol-related car crashes involving teens results in death.i
“The Arrive Alive pledge offers parents an opportunity to seriously discuss the dangers of drinking and driving with their teens,” Weisenberg said. “Maintaining an honest and open dialogue about this issue can mean the difference between life and death.”
Assemblyman Weisenberg has been at the forefront of efforts to combat drunk driving. He authored Leandra’s Law, which strengthened penalties for those driving drunk with a child as a passenger and requires anyone convicted of any DWI offense to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle (Ch. 496 of 2009). According to The Daily News, 984 drivers have been arrested and 214 have received felony convictions under the law.ii
“Leandra’s Law was an important step in protecting children from drunk driving, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Weisenberg said. “That’s why I urge every family to sign the Arrive Alive pledge and make sure that their child stays safe on prom night. It’s a sign of trust between you and your prom-attending teen that could prevent a potentially devastating tragedy.”
To receive a copy of the Arrive Alive pledge, contact Assemblyman Weisenberg’s office at 431-0500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.