Prom Night Safety
- Know and discuss the school code of conduct before the prom.
- Know who your child is attending the prom with and discuss the events for pre- and post-prom parties.
- Discuss the dangers of drinking and driving. NY State law mandates an arrest at .02% or more blood alcohol content (BAC).
- Talk with your child about the dangers of club drugs, warning signs and who to notify for assistance.
- Pre-plan answers that your child can use to get out of uncomfortable situations (e.g., offered alcohol, getting a ride from an intoxicated driver, unwanted advances, etc.).
- Discuss guidelines and a curfew. Discuss the consequences of violating these rules.
- Discuss travel plans and/or use a reputable limousine service.
- If a limousine service is not being used, know who is driving to the prom and who will be a passenger. Limit the number of passengers to increase safety and reduce driver distractions.
- Know the location of post-prom parties and who is sponsoring them.
- If your child’s plans change, make sure they let all the parents know what the change is.
The number one killer of teenagers is drunk driving and drug overdose. Many teens are killed and others are injured each year in a car crashes involving alcohol. Not all have been drinking; some are passengers or innocent victims of people who drink and drive. Someone in the United States is killed in an alcohol/drug-related traffic accident every 23 minutes. That someone could be your best friend or even you!
Illegal Drugs and Driving
Alcohol is a drug. It is the most widely abused drug in our nation. A number of illegal drugs such as marijuana, heroin and cocaine severely impair a driver’s skills. Don’t use illegal drugs; don’t ride with a driver who has used them.
Teens Can Help Each Other
Organize buses, car pools, or limousines for prom nights. If you are out with a group of friends, be sure to have a designated driver, someone who pledges not to drink at all. If you or someone else makes one mistake—illegal drinking, don’t compound it with a second mistake—driving under the influence. Ask a student who has been in an alcohol-related accident to speak to the school assembly about its consequences. Set up a HOTLINE where students can call for a safe ride with no questions asked.