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Keeping Your Kids Safe On Prom Night

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For most high schoolers, Prom is a long-anticipated event that can be months or years in the making. From finding just the right outfit to photos, friends and activities, it’s a celebration that they will remember for years to come.   However, Prom can also be a night where some are tempted by bad choices involved drugs and alcohol.   While parents like to think “Not my kid”, many find out differently and in sometimes, nightmare scenarios.  Impaired driving accidents are one of the most frequent of these.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,086 teen drivers were fatally injured in car accidents in 2016 alone. One in five teen drivers involved in those fatal crashes were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The following statistics show how serious this problem is:

The NHTSA reported that roughly 300 teens suffered fatal injuries in impaired driving accidents before or after the prom over the past several years.
Approximately one third of fatal impaired driving accidents involving teen drivers occur during the peak of prom and graduation season, which is between April and June.
Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teens, and 25 percent of those accidents involve an impaired driver.

Over 85 percent of teens say that they would drive impaired rather than call their parents because they do not want to get in trouble. Only 21 percent of teens said that they called their parents because they were impaired.

To help mitigate the likelihood of impaired driving, parents should discuss the dangers with their teen and encourage them to make smart choices. The following safety tips can help ensure that teen drivers make it home from the prom safe and sound:

  • When driving, stay on well-lit roads.
  • Avoid alcohol and/or drugs.  Do not get in a car with someone who has been using alcohol or drugs.
  • Use extra caution when driving on prom night, as there may be impaired drivers on the road.
  • Plan so that you know how you are getting home at the end of the night, and that the driver is sober.
  • Make sure that your cell phone is charged.
  • Let your parents know your plan and update them if anything changes.

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