Updated: January 01, 2020 11:38 PM
Created: January 01, 2020 11:35 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — ‘If you think drunk driving is safe, think again,’ That’s the message advocates are stressing after a local lawmaker was booked on DWI charges for a crash Tuesday.
Tire tracks in a ditch are all that remains of the crash scene on County Road 41 in Victor, though Executive Director for New York State’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving Richard Mallow says the scene represents much more.
"Well, bluntly it's a poor example," Mallow said.
On Wednesday, Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies announced they arrested Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb after they say he drunkenly crashed his truck just yards from his home on New Year’s Eve.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 30 people are killed in drunk driving-related crashes every day in the United States. While nobody was killed in this case, Mallow says Kolb’s alleged actions put himself, and other people at risk.
"The fact that he got in a car, and drove drunk, is inexcusable," Mallow said.
Mallow says the crash was avoidable too, as there are several options out there for people to get a safe and sober ride home. From ride-hailing apps like Uber or Lyft, to simply calling family or a friend for a ride.
"The worst thing today is people saying they're going to take responsibility, and never do," Mallow said.
News10NBC attempted to speak with Kolb at his home Wednesday, and he told us:
"I’m not going to be making any comments, I’ve sent a statement."
Kolb may have turned down an interview, though he did email a statement which said, in part:
"This was a terrible lapse in judgment, one I have urged others not to make, and I take full responsibility for it"
As reported, Kolb had urged other drivers not to drink and drive. A message on his website and a tweet the day after Christmas called for people to drink responsibly.
Mallow called Kolb’s statement a good first step, though he says, the assemblyman must now do "the right thing.”
"And what that right thing is, I can't tell him what the right thing is, he's got to do it on his own," Mallow said.
Both Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson and Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts say they will hold Kolb accountable, regardless of his position. It’s a move Mallow applauds.
To learn more about Mothers Against Drunk Driving, click here.
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