The chance to win a free limo for the night gives promgoers an added incentive to sign a drug- and alcohol-free prom pledge.
Kingston law firm Fellerman & Ciarimboli has set up a Safe Prom Pledge on its website, www.fellermanlaw.com, that asks students from Luzerne and Lackawanna counties to commit to a safe night. The site also provides information on the dangers of drinking and driving, and applicable state laws.
Attorney Greg Fellerman said the number of drunken-driving accidents during prom season sparked the contest idea.
“We know this time of year is extremely dangerous,” he said. “We feel it’s important to get our message out to the kids to use better judgment.”
All students who sign the pledge will be entered into a drawing for an all-expenses paid six-passenger limo. The winner will be announced May 1.
Fellerman and his partner, Ed Ciarimboli, have witnessed first-hand how a drunken-driving accident can tear a family apart. With the pledge program, there’s a better chance teens will learn how to make smart decisions and stay safe.
“We see the results of those bad decisions in the cases we handle. It’s tragic, very tragic,” Fellerman said.
The two also hope to make the prom pledge contest an annual event, involving local school districts and local Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Drunk Driving organizations. Offering a scholarship to the school that participates the most is also a possibility.
“For this year, we’re just trying to keep it simple and get it going,” Ciarimboli said. “Next year, we’re making it bigger and better.”
Parents are also urged to sign the pledge as a way to stay involved in their children’s lives and decisions.
“There’s nothing worse than going to a family and sitting with someone who lost their kids,” Ciarimboli said. “Whenever there is a drunk driving collision or crash, especially when someone is injured or killed, it affects an entire family.”
In signing the pledge, students are asked to:
> Recognize it is illegal to drink under 21 years old in Pennsylvania.
> Recognize it is illegal to possess or use controlled substances, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, inhalants, LSD, MDMA, methamphetamine and oxycotin. The law firm also includes bath salts, a designer drug recently introduced that lawmakers are attempting to ban.
> Promise to call their parents or a taxi for a ride, or ask a chaperone for help, if their ride on prom night becomes intoxicated in any way, shape or form.
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