Prom and graduation season is supposed to be a time of celebration, but all to often it ends in tragedy when teens get behind the wheel under the influence and while Seascape Inc. in Coventry is known for their lawn care and tree solutions, starting today they are hoping to help with a solution to this problem. SeaScape Inc. has joined forces with the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation reminding teens to drive safely.
According to the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 676 students under the age of 21 were killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes in 2005 during the months of April, May and June, Those alarming statistics have spurred Rhode Island businesses and organizations to team up with the KDMF to help remind motorists and teens to drive responsibly.
Now in its second year the KDMF’s Magnet Campaign, has been placing magnets on hundreds of delivery vehicles statewide with the friendly reminder to please drive responsibly. This month The KDMF is proud to announce Seascape Inc. will feature the magnets on more than thirty of their vehicles through-out prom and graduation season.
“When we were approached and asked if SeaScape would consider offering our support of the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation, it wasn’t a question of if but instead when!” Seth Wilson Director of Sales and Marketing, SeaScape Inc., tells this Examiner “We are proud to show our support for KDMF as we drive around the community with Katie’s name on all of our trucks. Safe driving is something we take very seriously here at SeaScape and we are thrilled to partner with such a wonderful organization!”
AAA Southern New England, Almeida Plumbing, Big Blue Bug Solutions, Del’s Lemonade, Munroe Dairy, SeaScape, Wesco Oil, Yard Works and Rhode Island State Police are all participants for the second year in this campaign to help keep the roadways safe.
“Last year’s auto magnet program was more successful that we ever imagined as we received a lot of positive feedback ! It was a simple, but extremely effective way to generate awareness to thousands and thousands of drivers on our roadways about the consequences of drunk and/or distracted driving” said John DeCubellis, the Executive Director of the KDMF. “As a result, this year, the KDMF is fortunate to again partner with several respected and conscientious organizations to help encourage motorists to drive responsibly and hopefully, continue to save lives! It is truly a team effort that we hope will continue to have a strong, positive effect throughout this State and beyond!”
John and Meg DeCubellis know first-hand of the devastating toll impaired driving can have on a family. October 29th, 1999 a drunken driver killed thirteen year old Katie DeCubellis. Since then, the Foundation has strived to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence and distracted driving.
Each month one or more establishments will place the KDMF magnets on its vehicles helping KDMF to encourage the public to take notice. The goal is to raise awareness and also thank the organizations who are all so willing to donate some space on their vehicles.
To date, The KDMF has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships, prizes and donations. For more information log onto www.kdmf.org.