Preferred Mutual Supports Oneida County’s STOP-DWI Teen Traffic Safety Education Program and Annual High School Baseball Classic

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Participants of Oneida County’s STOP-DWI Annual Teen Traffic Safety and Education Program, and 6th Annual STOP-DWI High School Baseball Classic, at the event kick-off press conference held at VVS High School on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
Preferred Mutual Insurance Company (“Preferred Mutual”) supported the 6th Annual STOP-DWI High School Baseball Classic (“Classic”), which ran in conjunction with Oneida County’s STOP-DWI Teen Traffic Safety Education Program. The Classic serves to raise awareness of the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol among Oneida County teenagers. It was held on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, at the Delutis Field in Rome, New York. 

The Classic is just one event within the Oneida County STOP-DWI’s Teen Traffic Safety Education Program, which is presented to Oneida County High School students prior to the prom, senior ball and graduation season, with the goal of educating youth and the community on the dangers of making destructive decisions. As part of the program, three mock crashes were presented at local high schools and role played by members of the respective student bodies. All scenarios were designed with cell phones and/or alcohol as being part of the cause of the mock crash.

The New York Special Traffic Options Program (STOP) for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) was established by New York State Government on July 31, 1981, in order to provide a "...plan for coordination of county, town, city, village efforts to reduce alcohol-related traffic injuries and fatalities.” The Oneida County STOP-DWI Program was established shortly after in December of 1981. 

STOP-DWI Coordinator Thomas A. Giruzzi and guest speaker Gisele Kress from Old Forge, New York. Gisele shared her story of losing her son Matthew as a result of a drunk-driving accident and has since devoted herself to making a difference.STOP-DWI Coordinator Thomas A. Giruzzi and guest speaker Gisele Kress from Old Forge, New York. Gisele shared her story of losing her son Matthew as a result of a drunk-driving accident and has since devoted herself to making a difference.

Sean Campbell, Director of Personal Lines Underwriting
Sean Campbell, Director of Personal Lines Underwriting at Preferred Mutual Insurance Company, and his sons Cole Campbell (left) and Jake Campbell threw out the first pitch during the Classic on Friday, April 28, 2017.

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