Picente Announces 2009 Teen Traffic Safety Event

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today announced that the Oneida County STOP-DWI Program will be hosting its annual Teen Traffic Safety Event at SUNY Institute of Technology in Marcy from Tuesday, April 28th through Thursday, April 30th.  

“The leading cause of death in the United States for young people age 15-20 is motor vehicle crashes,” Picente said.  “This educational program stresses the dangers of impaired and aggressive driving at the time of year where we see a marked increase of fatal crashes involving our youth.” 
This event is open to all Oneida, Herkimer and Madison county schools with preference made to Oneida County school districts.  We intend to educate over 1,000 students again this year on various traffic safety related topics with an emphasis on the dangers of DWI.  Each day will be kicked off with Motivational Media Assemblies new 3-screen DVD video-wall assembly production.   Motivational Media Assemblies is the international leader in all-school “assembly” events.  Started in 1985, MMA productions have been viewed by over 51 million students in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Taiwan.  Featuring clips from today’s most popular movies, music videos, and incredible sports footage, MMA shows are generating the highest student responses to character-education and responsibility-improvement messages, centered around traffic safety and drug abuse. 
In addition, students will be participating in many different traffic safety related workshops throughout the day including the State Police “Roll Over Simulator” and “Seat Belt Convincer”.  Each day will culminate with a mock DWI crash to show the students the reality of the dangers of drinking and driving.  Many police agencies from Oneida County will be assisting over the three day period. 
Picente thanked the efforts of all the partners involved: Oneida County Youth Bureau, Utica National Insurance, School Resource Officer’s Coalition, New York State Police, Oneida County Sheriff, New Hartford Police, New York Mills Police, Whitesboro Police, SUNY IT Police, Maynard Fire Department, Deerfield Fire Department, SUNY IT Heath and Wellness Department, and Kunkel Ambulance Service.