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May 10, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
- Jerry Fischer, Director

 

Maureen Sczpanski
609-984-2529

 

Brandon Silveria, a National Speaker, Shares Message of Consequences of Underage Drinking and Driving with West Windsor-Plainsboro Students as They Prepare for Proms and Graduations

Trenton – Attorney General Peter C. Harvey and Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Director Jerry Fischer joined national speaker Brandon Silveria today as he spoke to high school students in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District about his first-hand experience with the consequences of underage drinking and driving.

Through a program developed by The Century Council, a not-for-profit organization funded by America’s leading distillers that is committed to fighting underage drinking, Brandon Silveria and his father, Tony, visit high schools across the country, free of charge, providing a special one-hour assembly program that describes Silveria’s involvement in a near-fatal car crash after drinking beer at a high school party shortly before his prom.

As a result of the crash, Silveria, then a student at Los Gatos High School in California, spent nearly three months in a coma and another three years in rehabilitation. Featured on the television show “Rescue 911," his story is also told on a videotape that is available from The Century Council to high school students nationwide.

“We must keep delivering this message to young people about the terrible risks of underage drinking,” said Attorney General Peter C. Harvey. “We hope that Brandon’s program, which graphically shares the very real and dangerous consequences of underage drinking and driving, will help prevent a tragedy during this prom and graduation season. Our goal is to save young people from serious bodily injury and death.”

Division of ABC Director Fischer explained that the ABC is dedicated to providing both enforcement and education initiatives that will help the State in its ongoing efforts to combat underage drinking.

“Many young people today believe that they are invincible, and that they will not suffer any harm from underage drinking and driving,” Fischer said. “Through Brandon’s story, they can see that this simply is not true, and that there is a very high price to pay for using alcohol under the legal age. This program today should give young people pause if they are thinking about attempting to use alcohol during the upcoming prom and graduation season.”

Silveria attended assemblies at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South (a.m. assembly) and High School North (p.m. assembly), delivering his message to a total of nearly 1,000 students before their own prom and graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks.

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