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No Empty Chair: An Education and Enforcement Campaign

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The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee is teaming up with the Department of Motor Vehicles to kick off the 2019 "No Empty Chair" campaign.

The education and enforcement movement taking place Thursday at Chenango Valley High School to teach students how to drive safely on highways and raise awareness of the dangers of driving to help make sure that there are no empty seats during prom and graduation season.

Chenango Valley High School will be committing a week to "No Empty Chairs" during prom and graduation season spanning from April 29th through May 3rd to help educate their students about safe driving.

  • Monday April 29th- Speeding in School Zones
  • Tuesday April 30th - Seat Belt and Child Restraints
  • Wednesday May 1st - Cell Phone Use and Texting
  • Thursday May 2nd - Operation Safe Stop
  • Friday May 3rd- Underage Drinking and Impaired Driving

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading cause of death for United States teens are motor vehicle accidents.

Keynote Speaker Marianne Angelillo lost her son in 2005 to a drinking a driving accident and in a heartfelt manner said, "There are no do-overs with car crashes and although you may wake up in the morning and never think that this is the day you may make that bad choice and take a life it can happen in just one second... one second of note having wisdom inside of a vehicle".