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Suffolk County DA’s Office Brings Choices And Consequences Program To Connetquot High School

Photo courtesy of Connetquot Central School District

On April 19, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office held an important informational assembly titled, “Choices and Consequences: Exploring the Dynamics of Drunken, Drugged and Reckless Driving” at Connetquot High School.

According to Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24. The leading causes of motor vehicle fatalities among young people are driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted and reckless driving.

To reduce the alarming rates of death and serious injury caused by motor vehicle crashes each year on Suffolk County roadways, Bureau Chief of Vehicular Crime Carl Borelli proactively spoke to Connetquot’s students, educating them on how to prevent making bad decisions in the first place. During the presentation, real cases, evidence and people were presented to show that no one is invincible, that these incidents can happen to anyone and that they are almost always preventable.

Then, guest speaker Alisa McMorris stepped to the podium. Alisa’s son, Andrew, and his Boy Scout Troop were tragically and fatally struck by a drunk driver while hiking. The lives of his family, friends and community were forever changes by his senseless passing. Alisa shared her story and experiences with the students with the goal of influencing their decision-making when it comes to drunk, drugged or reckless driving.

At the presentation’s end, students were encouraged to make a plan to avoid bad or unsafe situations in the future.

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