Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) Welcomes Brandon Silveria to Encourage Teens To 'Make The Right Choice' During Prom and Graduation Season
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"As an EMT, every major auto accident I responded to involved alcohol, and sometimes, fatalities resulted," said Congressman Himes. "I implore these young people and their friends to keep alcohol off the roads. I welcome
"In Connecticut in 2007, 98 youths under age 18 were arrested for driving under the influence and 310 youths were arrested for liquor law violations," said
Also in attendance at today's presentation were representatives from
During the presentation, Brandon told students his wrenching story of how, as a high school student, he had everything a teenager could want - a job, a girlfriend and plans for the future - until he had a few drinks at a party and chose to drive home. After falling asleep at the wheel, crossing the centerline and crashing into a tree, he was left in a coma for three months and spent several years in rehabilitation. Brandon was so badly injured that basic motor functions such as walking, talking and swallowing had to be re-learned. He has permanent brain injury and suffers from dangerous seizures. Brandon's presentations continue to receive standing ovations from students across the country.
"What you become depends on the choices that you make," said Brandon. "When I was 17, I had a job and a girlfriend. Because of my crash, I lost both of them. My hope is that by sharing my experiences with other young people, I can prevent others from being hurt or killed."
Through educational efforts such as the Silveria lecture and video program, The Century Council educates students across the country about the hazards of underage drinking and driving. Since Brandon and his father Tony have become spokespeople for The Century Council, they have addressed well over three million high school students nationwide and have been featured on such television programs as "Rescue 911," NBC's "Today," as well as media outlets across the country.
The Century Council is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking. Founded in 1991, The Century Council is funded by distillers.
For more information on The Council and its mission, please log onto www.centurycouncil.org.
Contact: Matthew B. Harakal The Century Council (202) 637-0077
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