Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a new campaign to reduce deaths and injuries among teen drivers in New York. Called No Empty Chair, the campaign will run from April 18 to April 22. The week was chosen intentionally to coincide with high school prom and graduation dates.
An increased number of police officers will be stationed in school zones for the duration of the campaign to ticket high schoolers who violate New York traffic laws. The program also has an educational component and will feature guest speakers and posters in high schools throughout New York. Each day of the campaign will focus on a different issue: Monday on speeding in school zones; Tuesday on seat belts and child restraints; Wednesday on cell phone use and texting; Thursday on promoting school bus safety; and Friday on underage drinking and impaired driving.
Studies have shown that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers. No Empty Chair aims to raise awareness about traffic safety so that chairs at high school graduations are not left empty due to these needless deaths.
Junior drivers in New York are subject to additional restrictions and higher penalties for offenses. For example, teen drivers must be supervised when driving between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. and may not drive with more than one person under the age of 21. Junior drivers who commit a serious traffic violation or two smaller violations will have their license suspended for 60 days.
If you or your child has been given a traffic ticket or charged with a driving-related crime, contact the Rosenblum Law Firm for help. Adam H. Rosenblum is a skilled attorney who focuses on traffic tickets and criminal defense in New York and New Jersey. Email him or call 888-203-2619 today for a free consultation about your case.