'No Empty Chair' campaign promotes student safety ahead of prom, graduation season

Local law enforcement and school officials prepare for 'No Empty Chair' student safety campaign.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 3:50 PM
Updated: Apr 14, 2021 4:14 PM

WESTMORELAND, N.Y. – With many high school students looking forward to more traditional proms and graduations this year, the ‘No Empty Chair’ campaign urges teens to practice safe driving, so everyone makes it across the stage at the end of the school year.

Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol gathered with Westmoreland school officials and students to launch the campaign Wednesday morning outside the junior/senior high school.

"We're really excited to get to do the normal senior things, like having a prom and like a normal graduation and we just hope like everyone can be safely with us and everyone can enjoy those senior experiences,” said Clare Calogero, Westmoreland senior class president.

The campaign will kick off Monday, focusing on various traffic violations each day next week to promote safe driving.

  • Monday: Speeding in school zones
  • Tuesday: Seat belt use and child safety seats
  • Wednesday: Cell phone use and texting while driving
  • Thursday: Passing stopped school buses
  • Friday: Underage drinking and impaired driving

The No Empty Chair campaign is an effort initiated by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

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