Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Ossining) is promoting the Arrive Alive pledge for parents and student to take to make sure that this year’s prom season is safe and that no school district suffers from avoidable tragedy because of mixing drinking and driving.
“The Legislature has been and will continue to work to toughen penalties against drunk drivers,” said Galef, “but what we need to do is get families involved. This pledge goes a long way to make that happen.”
Galef cited legislation such as the 21 Alcohol Purchase Law prohibiting alcohol purchases by and for those under 21 years of age. Additionally, a law aimed at preventing keg sales to minors requires a registration of beer kegs, including paying a $75 deposit (refunded when the keg is returned with the detailed registration tag and within the allotted time period.) Anyone who removes or damages a beer keg tag can be charged with a criminal offense and fined $250-$400. In 2004, 26 percent of young drivers 16 to 20 years old who were killed in motor vehicle crashes had blood alcohol levels of .08% or greater.
The Arrive Alive pledge requires parents to provide a ride at any time during the night – no questions asked. The young adult promises not to drink and drive nor accept a ride from someone else who has been drinking. By signing this pledge, the lines of communication between parents and young adults are opened. This allows families to ensure that their children are aware of the dangers and consequences of underage drinking and driving.
To receive a copy of the Arrive Alive pledge, contact Assemblywoman Galef’s office at 2 Church Street, Ossining or call (914) 941-1111 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.