Holland Patent Students Join Picente In Unveiling New STOP-DWI Billboards

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today was joined by officials and students from Holland Patent’s Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD) Chapter as he unveiled the new billboards that will call public attention to Oneida County’s efforts to reduce drunk driving. 

“There is no reason at all for getting behind the wheel after drinking,” said Picente. “We want to stress the message that people who plan on having drinks as part of their evening should not plan to drive. Groups of people should be picking a designated driver in advance. And above all, there is no excuse for any adult to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink.

Picente said that the students are an important part of the STOP-DWI message. “These fine young people from Holland Patent are future leaders of the community. We as adults should be setting the example that drinking and driving is unacceptable behavior.”

Oneida County STOP-DWI Coordinator Michael Colangelo said the billboards are an important part of the STOP-DWI effort. “We have to be sending the message every day for every driver because no matter how many times people have seen it and heard it before, there are always times when that message can influence someone to pick up the phone and call for a ride, or remember to select a designated driver. We’ve seen a tremendous change on attitudes about DWI over time, but we can’t let up because drunk drivers are still involved in far too many crashes.”
Holland Patent Principal John W. Egresitssaid: “State and county law enforcement agencies have done a great job working with our students to help them get a better understanding of the DWI issue. Their efforts to help our students sparked an interest on the part of the students, and so we are here today to show our support for Oneida County’s effort to protect all the drivers on our roads. ” 
Holland Patent SADD Chapter Advisor Sherry Kennerknecht said: “The decisions people make today affect their lives tomorrow. People have to be accountable for their actions. We're hoping that our SADD Chapter will help us get the message out to our students and community that drinking and driving is NOT acceptable behavior.”

Holland Patent students at the news event included Nolan Amos, Emma Doolittle, Alexandra Boucher, Hannah Ferris, Jennifer MacMillan and David Sandbrook.