County officials outline teen traffic safety program events scheduled

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Events including speaking presentations at several area schools and a baseball tournament in Rome were announced today for Oneida County’s 2017 Teen Traffic Safety Education Program.

Details were outlined by County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., along with representatives from the Oneida County STOP DWI Program and Oneida County Youth Bureau, plus participating school districts, partners and sponsors.

The education program is presented annually to high school students in the county just before prom season, and is aimed at making youth aware that their actions could have dangerous consequences, the county said.

Among activities, guest speaker Gisele Kress is offering school presentations titled “Anatomy of a Tragedy,” about her 22-year-old son being killed in car crash in 2009 in the Town of Webb.

The schedule:

• Today, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, 1 p.m.

• April 26, Holland Patent, 1 p.m.

• April 27, New York Mills; Kress speaks at noon, and a text and drive/DWI mock crash demo will be behind the high school at 1 p.m.

• May 2, Clinton, 1:30 p.m.

• May 3, Sauquoit; Kress speaks at 8:45 a.m., and a text and drive/DWI mock crash demo will be at Paris Town Park at 1 p.m.

In addition, the sixth annual STOP DWI High School Baseball Classic will be at Delutis Field in Rome this week:

Friday

• Remsen vs. New York Mills, 4:40 p.m.

• Proctor vs. Rome Free Academy, 7 p.m.

Saturday

• Sauquoit vs. Adirondack, 11 a.m.

• Whitesboro vs. Holland Patent, 2 p.m.

• VVS vs. Camden, 5 p.m.

Traffic safety education sessions will take place prior to each game. The games are “the centerpiece to Teen Traffic Safety Week....,” Picente said. “In addition to seeing some great competition between area high school rivals, this two-day event allows our partners to present critical educational information to the community....”

The Amy Stock Memorial DWI exhibit, which contains the car Stock was driving when she was killed by a drunk driver in Albany two years ago, will also be on display at all locations.

Topics include effects of tobacco and marijuana use; opiate addiction; bullying; work zone driving safety; teen dating/sexual violence assaults; and the dangers of texting and driving plus drinking and driving. Picente said the program is “an extremely effective way to reach our community teenagers and educate them on the dangers of making destructive decisions, especially at such a critical time of the year.” Teen Traffic Safety Week’s partners include the county Health Department and the Sheriff’s Office, plus the State Department of Transportation, State Police, the Center for Family Life and Recovery, YWCA and Insight House.

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