For Immediate Release
May 11, 2000
More than 300 North Quincy High School Seniors held a Pre-Prom rally today to promote safety and then took a pledge to wear their safety belts. The Registrar of Motor Vehicles Daniel A. Grabauskas joined Mayor James Sheets at the rally and safety belt checkpoint at the High School to encourage young people to make safety belt wearing a lifelong habit.
"Having a drivers license means more than being able to pick up your friends, drive to work, or go to the beach," said Grabauskas. "It means taking responsibility for yourselves, your passengers and other drivers by buckling up. Wearing your safety belt can mean the difference between surviving a crash or not."
Students at the event signed a pledge card developed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving to wear safety belts for life. A checkpoint staffed by Quincy police officers and the Registrar stopped students at the parking lot exit and seat belt safety information was given to the driver and passenger in each car. Following the event a drawing was held and students won prizes provided by South Shore Volvo, Copley Place Mall and Sennett Limousine of Rockland.
"This is a great program. It will save lives." said Mayor James A. Sheets.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children and young adults in this country, and statistics show that about one in three Americans will be injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash. When used properly, safety belts reduce the risk of death and serious injury by about 50 percent.
Barbara Harrington, Chair of the Massachusetts MADD chapter attending the event to lend support added, "Traffic crashes are the greatest single cause of death for ages 6 to 28, and almost half of them are alcohol related. Adults need to send clear no alcohol use before age 21' messages to our young people and we need to wear our seat belts every day, on every ride; Seat belts save young lives!".
The Registrar also invited everyone to visit the Online Driver's Manual for additional material on safety.
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