The dress and tuxedo have been bought and the flowers have been ordered, but one thing you may not be thinking of is drinking and driving. The CDC reports that 11% of all the alcohol in the United States is consumed by teens and 1/3 of all alcohol related accidents are also caused by the same group. Don’t let that magical evening turn into a legal nightmare or worse. With some helpful tips, a DUI or an accident can be prevented by both parents and teens.
What Can Parents Do:
Ensure your teen is well aware of your feelings about underage drinking as well as drinking and driving. Let them know about all the potential consequences that exist. Explain how their actions can cause consequences for themselves and others.
Impose a Curfew
It is more likely that a teen will avoid drinking all together if a curfew is imposed and a parent is waiting for their arrival. This simple act can be great deterrent when teens are considering to drink or not.
Talk to Other Parents
A phone call to other teen parents, can ensure that underage drinking is stopped in its tracks. By forming an alliance with other local parents you can be sure that no parent is allowing teens to drink their homes.
What Can Teens Do
The best way to avoid drinking and driving consequences is to abstain from drinking all together. There are so many wonderful things to enjoy about prom night, and drinking doesn’t need to be one of them. Go for a soda or juice instead. Also, elect to go to parties that won’t be serving alcohol and you can avoid temptation completely.
Ensure Safe Transportation
In the event that drinking is taking place, be sure that safe transportation is available. That can range from setting up a limo to having a designated driver. Even just one drink of alcohol begins to impair motor skills, so it’s crucial not to get behind the wheel after drinking.
Prom is a special and memorable experience for both teens and parents. The precautions listed above can guarantee that everyone can get the most joy from this evening without any of the potential serious consequences.
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