LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — While many Long Island teenagers put finishing touches on their prom plans, county and state officials are taking steps to ensure that students make it home safely from the evenings' festivities. In an effort to assure parents of their children's safety, the Nassau/Suffolk Limousine Association — in conjunction with Nassau and Suffolk counties and the state Department of Motor Vehicles — is offering a toll-free number for students to call if they doubt the sobriety of the driver behind the wheel on prom night. A free limousine will be dispatched immediately to transport the students.
"Have fun at the prom. Have a great time. Just don't drink and drive," Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi said. "We have to recognize that one mistake, one slip, in drinking and driving costs people their lives."
The Island-wide service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will continue through the end of June.
"My company is doing it for the sole reason to save the lives of students on Long Island, so kids can be transported home in a safe manner," said Matt Silver, director of the association and president of Ultimate Class Limousine Inc.
Students from H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square joined Suozzi yesterday to announce the service. "I would like not to hear after prom night that my friends or strangers' friends, family or anyone else has been victimized willingly or unwillingly due to drunk driving or any related accidents," said Shari Weiss, a senior at Carey and a representative of Students Against Drunk Driving.
"There is one fact that is inescapable during prom season — there is a high incidence of underage drinking and unfortunately they do get behind the wheel," said Raymond Martinez, the state's commissioner of motor vehicles.
The toll-free number for the limousine service is (800) 932-4432.