Red Hook school district sends important message to graduating seniors

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(photo: John Lauffer)

RED HOOK – The end of the school year for graduating high school seniors is an exciting time on a student’s life, but it can also be a dangerous one with proms and parties to celebrate the milestone.

On Friday, school administrators teamed up with area fire department and Dutchess County officials to demonstrate at Red Hook High School the negative impacts of making unsafe choices involving driving.

To send the message to students, school administrators, Dutchess County Senior Assistant District Attorney Ryan LeGrady, the Red Hook Fire Company, the Tivoli Fire Department and the Red Hook Police Department teamed up to present a “mock crash” demonstration.

Officials noted that as end of the school year nears, including many local proms and parties, it is more important than ever for students to be aware of the short- and long-term consequences of distracted driving. It only takes an instant to make a decision that can lead to an event that can change someone’s life forever, they said.