“Choices and Consequences,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice's driver education program aimed at teaching high school students about the dangers of drunk, drugged, distracted and reckless driving, is coming to W. Tresper Clarke High School in East Meadow.
The program will be offered to students Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 8:26 a.m.
“Car crashes are the number one cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years old and it is incumbent upon all of us to do whatever we can to ensure the safety of our young people on the road,” Rice said.
The 90-minute slideshow and interactive speech will feature a Nassau County assistant district attorney and a Nassau County police officer, who will demonstrate the criminal process that drunk, drugged and reckless drivers must go through upon arrest.
The program also features testimony from a young person who has been arrested and victims whose lives have been affected by drunk, drugged, distracted or reckless driving.
"'Choices and Consequences' was created to show young drivers real facts, real stories and real people. And we’re responding to changing trends, like distracted driving from smartphones and other handheld devices. By educating young drivers about the realities of the road and the consequences of poor decision making, we can reduce the number of fatalities and injuries we see each year,” Rice said.
Since its inception in 2006, the “Choices and Consequences" program has been presented at Nassau County high schools and community organizations more than 200 times.