Ossining PD’s No Empty Chair campaign provides security around schools

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The Ossining Police Department announced this week that it is increasing police presence around the area's schools as part of a statewide traffic safety campaign. It says the goal is to make sure every student can make it to their own prom and graduation.

Police say it’s the time of the year when students are getting excited for summer break, but that it could also be a dangerous time for them on the road. Capt. Jeffrey Giorgio, of the Ossining Police Department, says that with warmer weather comes a lot of distracted driving. He says the radios get turned up and cars are more jam-packed with teens.

That's why police across the state are patrolling schools as part of the No Empty Chair campaign, targeting speeding violations, cellphone use, failure to stop and impaired driving.

"Another big part of it is the passenger. The passenger can say something. They can be responsible. If they see something they don't like, they should let them know,” says Giorgio.

Giorgio says passengers also have a responsibility not to distract the driver.

According to AAA, teen drivers were involved in more than 1 million police-reported crashes in 2016, resulting in 3,200 deaths. When they had teen passengers, fatality rates jumped.

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