Congratulations to all high school seniors who graduate this June. Now is the time of year when the celebrations start, and plans for proms are in full swing. Amidst all of the excitement of buying the perfect outfit, finding a date and planning the party, it’s important to remember to stay safe and not become a prom night statistic.
For most people, prom is something they only get to experience once, so it’s important for teens to make the best of it. Make your prom night a good memory and remember these tips to protect yourself and your friends on the big day.
Drinking Under the Age of 19 is Illegal
Most students in Grade 12 are only 17 or 18-years-old and feel they need to drink to have fun. Students will be surrounded by their best friends and classmates in a fun and exciting atmosphere. This may be the last time you all get to spend together before graduation. Don’t let the memories of your prom be filled with regret, humiliation and disappointment.
*Remember underage drinking is illegal and can have serious legal repercussions.
Plan Your Transportation in Advance
Most teens plan for a limo to drop them off to and from the prom, but what about after the party? You can always find a safe ride home through public transit, taxis, limousines and parents. Always bring extra money with you in case plans don’t work out and you need to call a taxi. Limiting the number of passengers to the number of working seatbelts is important in any vehicle, as well as keeping distractions from the driver so they can get everyone home safely.
*Always keep a fully charged cellphone for emergencies or to call for a ride home.
* It is important that friends and parents know where you are at all times.
Never Drink and Drive
Did you know the leading cause of death in teenagers is traffic collisions? Of those, 45 per cent of involved alcohol.
*Do not enter a vehicle with a driver who is under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
*Call #TAXI to connect with a local cab company.
Don’t risk your life or the lives of others and plan a safe ride home.
Facts you need to Know
• Females process alcohol differently than males; smaller amounts of alcohol are more intoxicating for females regardless of their size.
• 70 per cent of teens killed on prom weekends were not wearing seatbelts.
• Car crashes involving alcohol caused the death of nearly half of all 15 - 20-year-olds during prom season.
• Two out of five people who die in crashes involving alcohol are 25 years of age or under. More teens die each year as a result of collisions than any other cause of death.
• During prom season drinking and driving is responsible nationally for more than 100,000 teens’ arrests, more than 20,000 injuries and over 1,000 teen deaths.
• Statistics show that prom season (April, May and June) is the most dangerous time of year for teens.
Be safe and have fun!
*statistics provided by DRPS and about.com
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