Ocean City Police Sergeant Dennis Eade recently spoke to a room full of upper school students at Worcester Preparatory School about a number of precautions they can take to ensure that they are safe during prom weekend.  The April 19th presentation included a variety of subjects, including how students can avoid getting arrested, how to prevent dangerous and tragic situations and how making the right choices will result in a weekend full of wonderful memories instead of a troubled or disastrous situation. 

Pictured: Nancy Decker, Head of Worcester Preparatory Upper School, junior Henry Hastings, senior Kaitlin Talbot and OCPD Sgt. Dennis Eade all sign the pledge to drive phone-free.

“I am thankful to Worcester Preparatory School for inviting me here,” commented Sgt. Eade.  “Not only does it give me the opportunity to discuss prom safety and tips about how to avoid drinking and drugs, but it also allows me to discuss the importance of their future and how the decisions they make today will affect them tomorrow.  If I am able to get that message through to at least one student then I think the presentation is worthwhile.”

In addition to impaired driving information, the Ocean City Police Department discussed distracted driving with Worcester Preparatory students.  “The under-20 age group has the greatest proportion of distracted drivers,” said Sgt. Eade.  “Of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes, 16 percent were reported to have been distracted while driving.  This is a problem and I am hoping that Worcester students will help be part of the solution.”

As part of National Distracted Driving Prevention Month, nearly 100 students from Worcester Preparatory Upper School signed the OCPD pledge to drive phone free. “By signing the pledge, these students are not only setting an example amongst their peers but they are being leaders of the fight to end distracted driving,” Eade continued.  “They are protecting lives and making our community safer by never texting or talking on the phone while driving.”

The Ocean City Police Department is encouraging citizens to fight to end distracted driving and take the pledge to drive phone free.  To find out more information or to find out how to sign the pledge, visit:  http://ocpdmdinfo.blogspot.com.