Prom and graduation season is here again. This is a time for celebration and good memories.
“Unfortunately, some students make bad decisions by consuming alcohol or using drugs. As a result, these special occasions can result in tragedies,” said Laketha Brown, DWI specialist for Phillips and Lee counties.
April has been set aside as Alcohol Awareness Month because it is the beginning of prom and graduation time. One-third of alcohol-related fatalities for youths occur during prom and graduation season (April, May and June), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With that being said, this is the time for communities to join together to conduct anti-drinking campaigns to prevent the use of alcohol before, during and after these special events.
Parents before you decide to host an after prom or graduation party, you should be aware of the Social Host Liability Law. Under this law, adults who serve or provide alcohol to minors or persons who are obviously intoxicated, can be held liable if the person who was provided alcohol is killed or injured, or kills or injures another person.
“Prom and graduation are supposed to be joyful milestones in your teen's life. Let's work together this season to warrant the safety of our children,” stated Brown.
First of all, open the lines of communication with your teen. Communicate clearly and set a firm “no alcohol or drugs” rule and enforce firm consequences for breaking that rule. If you are going to host a party, provide a fun and alcohol-free environment. Remember it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to possess or consume alcohol, and NEVER drink alcohol and drive, or accept a ride with someone who has been drinking. Take a pledge to have a safe and sober p