Assemblyman Jones Invites Teens and Their Families to Take Arrive Alive Pledge

May 3, 2018

With prom season approaching, Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) is encouraging parents and teens to take the Arrive Alive pledge together to ensure teens can get to and from their destinations safely on prom night. The pledge asks teens to promise not to drink and drive or ride in a vehicle with someone who has done so, while asking parents to provide a ride home at any time, no questions asked.

“The Arrive Alive pledge helps parents and teens talk about the dangers of driving under the influence and ensures that teens know it’s better to reach out to their parents rather than get behind the wheel intoxicated or with someone who is,” Jones said. “The pledge gives teens a judgement-free zone for making the right choice and helps give parents peace of mind.”

One in five teen drivers involved in fatal car crashes had some alcohol in their system, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[1] Further, young drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 are 17 times more likely to die in a car crash when they’ve been drinking and had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .08 percent.[2] Judgment and ability are impaired even at a lower BAC, and one mistake behind the wheel can cause a fatal accident, noted Jones. Jones is inviting families to take the pledge with their teens to prepare for prom season and support them on one of the most memorable nights of their lives.

To print a copy of the pledge, visit Assemblyman Jones’ website at nyassembly.gov/mem/Billy-Jones, or contact Jones’ office by calling 518-562-1986 or emailing JonesB@nyassembly.gov.

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[1] cdc.gov/vitalsigns/teendrinkinganddriving/index.html

[2] Ibid.