Assemblyman Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) today stressed to high school students the dangers of drunk driving and encouraged them to sign the "Arrive Alive – The No-Drinking-And-Driving Prom Promise."
"Memorable and exciting events like the prom can quickly turn into a tragedy, especially when alcohol is involved," said Kolb. "Far too often high school students fall victim to peer pressure, consume alcohol and attempt to drive home. The Arrive Alive pledge commits students to not drink and drive by having someone available prom night who they can call to pick them up regardless of the time with no questions asked."
Kolb reminds students that their own parents were young once and they are very familiar with situations faced by current high school students. Parents don’t want their underage children to consume alcohol but, if it happens, they would rather get a phone call for a ride home then to lose their loved one due to a careless action.
"In order to prevent senseless alcohol-related driving crashes, we must send a stern message to drunk drivers that getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be tolerated. I’ve worked with my colleagues in the state Legislature to toughen laws so that those who injure or kill another person because they were driving while intoxicated or impaired are held responsible for their thoughtless actions," said Kolb.
The Assemblyman encourages prom-going high school students and their parents to sign the Arrive Alive Prom Promise. Forms will be sent to every high school in Kolb’s district and also can be obtained by calling his district office at (315) 781-2030.