Teens and drivers attending proms in the Bayport-Blue Point, Connetquot and Sayville school districts won’t have to worry about a ride home.
That’s because the Community Ambulance Company of Sayville has joined together with county Legislator Bill Lindsay, III and Youth Enrichment Services to create a program to prevent incidents and accidents related to drunken driving.
Through the initiative, teens that find themselves unfit to drive — or in need of a ride for whatever reason — can call Lindy’s Taxi at 631-654-3456 to get picked up and dropped off safely at home.
No questions asked.
This is the second year of the program.
“We want the children to enjoy prom and not end up in jail or even worse. Paying for a taxi is the least we can do to keep our children safe,” said Community Ambulance Company director Jamie Atkinson. “We would rather take care of their taxi, than take care of them with an ambulance.”
The ambulance company’s medical director, Brian Blaustein, also an attending medical physician at Northwell Health Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, said prom and graduation time in the U.S. is notorious for serious and fatal accidents involving teenagers.
“During prom time throughout the United Stated ambulances are called to scenes of accidents involving under aged drinking that resulted in sometimes serious injuries or fatalities,” Dr. Blaustein said. “This program is a major step in preventing serious injuries and devastating tragedies”
Funding comes from the ambulance company’s accident prevention program, as well as the county, with Youth Enrichment Services helping get the word out to students.
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