Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol and County Executive Anthony Picente kicked-off Teen Traffic Safety Week and the No Empty Chair Campaign at New York Mills Junior-Senior High School on Wednesday.

The Teen Traffic Safety Week education program is presented annually to high school students in the county prior to prom and graduation season.

Programs will be held at several area high schools this week.

Maciol says the statewide No Empty Chair Campaign educates students on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.  He says the goal is to make sure there are no empty chairs at graduation time at any school in the county.

“Spring is a great time of year for teens as they celebrate their accomplishments, prepare for the opportunities ahead, and enjoy their sporting events outside” Maciol said. “They should enjoy this time and not have their happy memories destroyed by a preventable tragedy. By educating our young drivers about these important highway safety issues and enforcing our traffic laws, we are doing all we can to ensure there are no empty chairs during prom and graduation season this year.

As part of Teen Traffic Safety Week, the 8th annual Oneida County Stop DWI High School Baseball Classic will be taking place on Friday and Saturday at Delutis Field in Rome.

Here is the schedule of games:

April 26th

•             Notre Dame vs. Vernon-Verona-Sherrill at 4:30 p.m.

•             New Hartford vs. Camden at 7 p.m.

April 27th

•             Waterville vs. New York Mills at 11 a.m.

•             Holland Patent vs. Westmoreland at 2 p.m.

•             Oriskany vs. West Canada at 5 p.m.