NYS launches “No Empty Chair” campaign to encourage safe driving among teens

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) has launched its 2022 “No Empty Chair” campaign to promote safe and responsible driving among teens.

The campaign runs from Monday, April 25 through Friday, April 29. GTSC sponsors educational events and enforcement programs in partnership with Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), law enforcement, community leaders and school administrators.


“Prom and graduation are exciting rites of passage for teens, and we want to make sure they all have a chance to experience those milestones,” said GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder, according to News10. “Our “No Empty Chair” campaign is focused on giving young drivers the knowledge to make smart choices behind the wheel and encouraging the role models in a young person’s life like their coaches, teachers, and parents to reinforce the importance of responsible driving. Together we can and we will save lives.”

The campaign’s enforcement schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, April 25: Speeding in School Zones
  • Tuesday, April 26: Seat Belt/Child Restraints
  • Wednesday, April 27: Cell Phone and Texting
  • Thursday, April 28: Operation Safe Stop
  • Friday, April 29: Underage Drinking/Impaired Driving

Click here to learn more about GTSC’s teen driver safety programs.


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