Choices is a high impact awareness program targeting impaired driving, drug use, and addiction. This program, formally known as Choices 301, Inc., began in 2005 as a traveling display by Mr. Ed Frank. Mr. Frank wanted to bring awareness to teens about the dangers of reckless driving and the importance of wearing a seatbelt. He added the consequences of drinking and driving to the program with a display of 580 pairs of shoes. Each pair of shoes represented the number of individuals who were killed in drunken driving crashes in 2005. With the increase of drug and alcohol use, both nationally and locally, the program evolved to include drug use and addiction. Over the years, Choices 301, Inc. continued to grow at an astronomical rate. After ten years of dedication, in 2015 Mr. Frank approached Sheriff Craig Apple and asked him to continue the program.
This innovative program uses a combination of open discussion, visuals, and speakers to increase the overall awareness of the effects of consequences due to risky behaviors. Choices currently targets teens from 8th grade and above, with future aspirations to include parent sessions. The goal is to not only increase awareness in the community, but also show the importance of opening the lines of communication about difficult topics.
Choices is a free, three-hour program currently offered to area school districts as a visiting field trip. Other options may be available by request. For more information or scheduling please contact the STOP-DWI Unit at (518) 720-8010 or by email at Tracy.Mance@albanycounty.com.
- 1,678 drivers between the ages of 16–20 years old died in vehicle crashes.
- Another 581 passengers were killed when riding with their peers.
- 17% of US high school students have reported drinking, smoking, or using drugs.
- Prescription and illegal drug overdoses reported in the U.S were 44,970.
As a community we can decrease these numbers to make a safer and healthier life style for everyone. Help prevent your child from making destructive decisions.