Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) is encouraging high school students, along with their families, to participate in the “Arrive Alive” pledge, a statewide anti-drunk driving campaign that encourages students to be responsible and safe during prom season.
“All too often we hear of teens getting into alcohol related car accidents during prom season,” Assemblyman Gabryszak said. “Many times young people think it will never happen to them, but one mistake can lead to a tragedy. Driving under the influence can quickly end the lives of teens and innocent drivers on the road.”
The pledge asks families of prom-goers to offer a no-questions-asked ride home at any point during the night and asks students to promise not to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking or get in a car with anyone who has consumed alcohol.
“Underage drinking is against the law; so is drinking and driving,” Assemblyman Gabryszak said. “Though illegal, teens can find ways to acquire alcohol, and there is heightened temptation to drink during prom season. Sometimes parents think their child is an exception to underage drinking; however, it should be viewed as a serious threat.”
According to MADD (Mothers Against Drink Driving) teen alcohol consumption is responsible for nearly 6,000 deaths each year; one-third of all alcohol-related car accidents involving underage drivers results in death; and one in five teens participate in binge drinking, however, only one in 100 parents believe their child is involved with binge drinking.i
“Prom season is an exciting time and I encourage all students and families to sign the ‘Arrive Alive’ pledge,” Assemblyman Gabryszak said. “I urge families to talk to their children about the dangers of underage drinking. Let’s work together to make prom season a safer, more enjoyable celebration that is void of tragedy.”
For a copy of the Arrive Alive pledge, contact Assemblyman Gabryszak’s office at 716-686-0080 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.