Dinardo, Cambridge District Court Chief Probation
is addressing the students at the Belmont Hill School.
are listening to Dinardo's presentation in the school's
chapel on campus.
Police Sergeant Mike Crosby is demonstrating a roll-over
(car accident) on campus.
Cambridge District Court Chief Probation
Officer Angelo Dinardo and Probation Officer Thomas Greeley
delivered a message on safety, Melanie’s Law and
the legal repercussions of driving while under the influence
of alcohol or drugs to juniors and seniors during a Pre-Prom
presentation at Belmont Hill School - a private, all-boys
school in Belmont.
Melanie’s Law was named for a 13-year-old
Marshfield girl named Melanie Powell who was killed by
a repeat drunk driver in 2003. Signed into law in October
2005, Melanie’s law stiffens the penalties for
Operating Under the Influence (OUI) and for anyone who
refuses to take a breath-alcohol test.
The presentation also featured Attorney
Peter Bellotti as well as a simulated accident and car
roll-over demonstrated by State Police Sergeant Michael
Crosby on the school’s campus.
Chief Probation Officer Dinardo told the
audience there is “no reason at all for young people
to die on our highways.”
He explained that a car driven with excessive
speed “becomes a lethal weapon.”
Probation Officer Greeley warned the audience
that an OUI arrest has a lasting effect.
“You are not only affecting yourselves,
you are affecting your families, work, school, and future
career. Melanie’s Law increases the penalty,” Greeley
He added,” Keep in mind, a license
is a privilege, not a right.”