In order to make sure Long Island teens have a fun and safe night to remember, All Island Transportation will be offering free prom rides after their party. It’s a time of celebration and All Island hopes to aid teens into a prosperous future.
Winthrop Hospital Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Barry Rosenthal MD, All Island Transportation Vice President, Larry Blessinger, Chief of Patrol, Frank Kirby, Acting Nassau County District Attorney, Madeline Singas and Chief of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau, Maureen McCormick have joined together to ensure the safety of teens during the 2015 prom season.
Students who find themselves in a compromised driving situation on prom night can call (516) 326-9090 to arrange for a safe ride home from five cab companies including:
- All Island Transportation
- All Island Yellow Cab
- Ollie’s Taxi & Airport Service
- Glen Belle Taxi
- Taxi Latino
“Our goal is to prevent any horrible tragedies from occurring as a result of drunk driving. If we can avoid one accident or prevent someone from being injured, it is well worth it. Providing a free ride is the least we could do to help keep our children safe.” said Lawrence Blessinger Jr., Vice President of All Island Transportation.
“The leading cause of death in teenagers is motor vehicle accidents, and about one quarter involves alcohol use. And, although drivers under the age of twenty-one represent just ten percent of licensed drivers, they are responsible for seventeen percent of fatal alcohol-related crashes. Underage drinking is responsible for approximately 1,900 fatalities from motor vehicle accidents annually. We are here today to do our best to ensure that there is a next chapter; to ensure that my colleagues and I do not see them in our Emergency Department, or any Emergency Department on Long Island. I laud the proactive efforts being taken by Mr. Blessinger, and others in the Long Island taxi industry,” said Dr. Rosenthal.
“Our goal is to prevent any horrible tragedies from occurring as a result of drunk driving. If we can avoid one accident or prevent someone from being injured, it is well worth it. Providing a free ride is the least we could do to help keep our children safe.” said Larry Blessinger.
Free Prom Rides and Prom Safety
Dr. Rosenthal offers the following suggestions:
Safety Tips for Parents of Teenagers
- Limit the number of passengers your teen will be driving to no more than three.
- Insist on seatbelt use. Fifty-five percent of teens killed in motor vehicle accidents were not using seatbelts.
- Know your teen's plans. Where is the prom? Is there a pre or post prom party? Where will they be before and after the prom? How are they travelling about? Obtain contact information of who they are with and where they will be.
- Keep in contact with your teen. Make sure that their phone is charged. Ask for phone calls throughout the night as they change their destinations.
- Emphasize to your teenager that you are a phone call away and that you will pick them up wherever they are, at whatever time it is.
Safety Tips for the Teens
- Do not drink and drive.
- Do not let your friends drink and drive. Extreme alcohol consumption frequently sends kids to the ER on prom night; either for alcohol poisoning or following accidents.
- Do not leave your nonalcoholic drink unattended at your table, discard it and get a new one (to ensure that no one has spiked your beverage).
- Do not accept a beverage from someone you do not know, it could be tainted.
- Keep an eye on your driver to make sure they do not drink alcohol.
- Keep a close eye on oncoming drivers. Impaired drivers tend to drive toward lights.
- After the light turns green, wait a second before pulling into the intersection.
- Keep the radio volume low enough so the driver can concentrate on getting to and from the fun.
- Do not text or use a cell phone when behind the wheel. Both are major distractions.
Encourage your teens to be safe this prom season and take advantage of All Island Transportation’s free prom rides. Call (516) 326-9090, and we can ensure them a safe ride home after a great night.