Prom is a rite of passage, signaling the end of a high school career and the beginning of a new way of life. Sadly, prom also represents one of the most dangerous nights on the road. Many young people endanger themselves and others because of drinking and driving.
Teenage car accidents peak during prom season and underage drinking is one of the main causes. Peer pressure and a sense of camaraderie can overshadow any teen’s common sense. Nobody fully prepare a teen for the moment of choice when they have to decide between just saying no and getting in a car with a drunk driver.Parents can minimize the risks that go with prom night but talking to their children about alcohol and the consequences.
Some schools offer after prom parties where teens participate in a designated area and are treated to activities other than drinking. Many students are hesitant to participate in these parties, perhaps they are not cool enough or they want to be with their friends somewhere else. Parents and educators can work together to make this type of prom celebration by offering great prizes and popular entertainment. If your school doesn’t offer this type if post-prom party, host an event at your own house where you know teens will be safe and no alcohol will be served.
Keeping your kids away from alcohol and off the roads on prom night can also ensure their safety. Many parents may be reluctant to provide a limo service for fear that it will encourage drinking since no one will be driving. All you can do is educate your child, stress the importance of good decisions and hope that they will make the right choice. Don’t allow alcohol to impair their judgment which can lead to poor decisions. Educate them as best as you can, emphasizing the risks and consequences. Prom night should be fun but it doesn’t have to be deadly.
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