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  Stay Safe on Prom Night

May 24, 2011 11:54 ET

What you wear, who you’re with and how you get there may all be important decisions before prom. But the most important decision in making prom the party of a lifetime is practicing safety throughout the night.

The Durham Regional Police Service reminds all prom participants to be safe in the upcoming season, and keep these tips in mind to have fun all night long.

Have a plan
Before leaving for your big night, arrange a way to come back home safely. If possible, keep a cell phone in a pocket or purse and call #TAXI to find a cab company around your area. And remember, your parents will pick you up at any time of night if it means bringing you home safe.

Travel in groups
Letting your friends know what your plans are and if they’ve changed ensures someone always knows where you are and if you get lost. Worry about having a great time, not where everyone went.

Keep your parents informed
Always tell your parents which friends you’ll be with, how you’re travelling to and from the prom, and what number you can be reached at in an emergency. When your parents are happy, then you can focus on having a great time, not getting a call from mom every few minutes.

Underage drinking is illegal
The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19, older that most senior high school students. Individuals found supplying alcohol to a minor face a maximum $200,000 fine and one-year jail sentence. Prom should leave memories of thrill and happiness, not regret and humiliation, so don’t let alcohol be the reason to spoil your night

NEVER drink and drive
Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and more than half of those collisions involve drunk drivers. Therefore, it’s now law in Ontario that all drivers under 21, regardless of license classification, must maintain a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.0%. Entering a vehicle where the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs puts your life in serious risk, so call your parents or a taxi if no designated driver is available.

You can never control the actions of everyone else, but by following these few simple safety rules, prom can really be one of the best nights of your life.

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