With prom season approaching, Assemblywoman Walker (D-55) is encouraging parents and teens to take the Arrive Alive pledge together to ensure that 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 with anyone who has done so, while parents promise to give a ride home at any time, no questions asked.
Awareness and preparedness are two of our best defenses against drunk driving, Assemblywoman Walker said. The Arrive Alive pledge fosters an open dialogue between parents and teens about the dangers of driving under the influence and encourages them to come up with a plan together to ensure everyone makes it home safely on prom night.
One in 5 teen drivers involved in fatal car crashes had some alcohol in their system, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Further, young drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 are 17 times more likely to die in a car crash when theyve been drinking and had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .08 percent. However, even at a lower BAC, judgment and ability is impaired, which can lead to one mistake with potentially devastating consequences, noted Assemblywoman Walker.
To receive a copy of the Arrive Alive pledge, please contact Assemblywoman Walker office at 718-342-1256 or by email at Walker55@nyassembly.gov.