Prom night and graduation are probably the most anticipated nights of the year for teens and the most dreaded for their parents. Prom night and graduation always seem to be linked with drunk driving injuries, deaths, and other risky behaviors.
This time of year has become a time where teens’ poor judgment and dangerous choices become institutionalized. Parents must take action to ensure their teens are safe this prom and graduation season. The following are some tips for teens for staying safe and sober during these end of the school year celebrations.
Tips for Teens
- Alcohol is illegal for persons under the age of twenty-one. Underage drinking is illegal and can result in arrest, injury, or worse!
- Do not let friends drink and drive.
- Plan ahead—make sure you have a safe plan for prom night.
- Discuss your plans with your friends, remind each other about responsible decision-making and confronting peer pressure.
- Do not accept any drinks from some-one you do not know. If you leave your drink, discard it and get a new one. Do not leave your possessions unattended.
- Learn the warning signs for alcohol poisoning and drug intoxication, contact 911 for assistance and immediate treatment.
- Have a responsible person available for transportation for a safe ride home or in case an emergency arises.
- Remember to charge your cell phone and have it with you.
- Know where you are and where you are going, keep your parents and friends informed.
- Trust your instincts – if you feel endangered or uncomfortable, leave immediately.
- Intoxication by alcohol or drugs can lead to poor judgment and dangerous situations.
- Remember to contact your parents if your plans change.
- Practice and discuss answers you can use to get out of uncomfortable situations.
- Do not allow anyone in your car or limo that has alcohol, drugs or weapons. It is dangerous and everyone in the car is at risk of getting arrested.
- It is illegal to alter your drivers’ license or any other form of government identification.