Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol was at Westmoreland High School today to kick-off the "No Empty Chair" Campaign.

The statewide campaign raises awareness of teenage traffic safety issues to ensure there are no empty chairs during prom and graduation season this year.

Sheriff Rob Maciol says for teens, it's all about making good decisions and having a plan.

The campaign runs all week long and targets specific traffic violations each day.


The target dates and violations are as follows:

•Monday, April 24 - Speeding in school zones

•Tuesday, April 25 - Seatbelts and child restraints

•Wednesday, April 26 - Cell phone use and texting

•Thursday, April 27 - Operation Safe Stop/promoting school bus safety

•Friday, April 28 - Underage drinking and impaired driving


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for U.S. teens.


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