Legislators Tom Cilmi and Steven J. Flotteron joined teachers, advisors and students from the East Islip High School SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) to emphasize safe driving during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day during which vehicular accidents and fatalities increase, particularly among teens.
The Suffolk legislators who each represent a portion of the East Islip School District gathered with students and school officials in front of the East Islip High School where a display of wrecked cars reminds students every day about the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The mangled vehicles were provided to the school this year by Bang Towing and Gershow Recycling as part of the District’s annual “Smashed Program.”
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, but during this period there is an increase in fatalities. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day approximately ten teens are killed each day in crashes according to data from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Texting and driving is six times more likely to cause a car accident than drunk driving.
Legislator Cilmi said, “We all stand together in this fight to save lives as we commit to our families, our friends and our neighbors to drive safely.”
Legislator Flotteron said, “Many of the accidents that occur on our roadways every day could be prevented if we simply put down the phones and paid attention while driving.”
Bridget Lopiccolo, Advisor to the SADD Club said, "The East Islip SADD Club is committed to educating students, staff and community that an act such as drinking and driving or texting and driving can not only affect your life but the life of others by this decision. We do not want to lose another student or community member to these preventable decisions.”
”The crashed car display is important to the school and the community to make them aware of the consequences of distracted driving. As students are learning to drive we need to instill the proper behavior in them early to prevent the loss of more lives,” said East Islip High School SADD member, Tyler O'Neill.