WESTMORELAND, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — With prom season and graduations just around the corner, law enforcement is reminding students to stay safe. Not just with COVID, but also driving responsibly so no chairs are left empty on graduation.
“The goal of the governor’s Traffic Safety Committee is to ensure that the roadways in the state of New York are safe. Next week is actually going to be a week where we kick off the No Empty Chair Campaign.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office will dedicate each day to a different traffic violation. This includes speeding in school zones, seatbelts and child restraints, cell phone use, passing school buses and impaired driving.
“All 5 of these things are the major contributing factors to crashes. Crashes specifically that kill teen drivers across this country.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
In his time with the Westmoreland Central School District, Superintendent Rocco Migliori says they’ve lost students and this initiative hits close to home.
“We have had situations where students died during the year. . . Do what’s being asked and expected. Have fun be careful and be safe.” – Rocco Migliori Superintendent, Westmoreland Central School District
“It’s just important that we all get to share these experiences together and we don’t want to be missing anybody.” – Rocco Migliori Superintendent, Westmoreland Central School District