At this point of the school year, most teens (especially juniors and seniors) look forward to two things: spring break, where they can get away from school for a vacation; and prom night, the one glitz and glamour that will create memories for a lifetime.
With as much fun that prom night can be, we certainly do not want it to be a teen’s last night on the town. But because of the dangers that teens face during this time of year, it is imperative that they fully appreciate how dangerous drinking and driving can be. There are a number of car accidents that occur during prom season. In fact, the period between April and June is ripe for crashes to occur.
To protect themselves against prom night accidents, parents should talk to their teenage drivers about the following.
Wearing your seatbelt – Not only is seatbelt use required under Missouri law, it can prevent you from being thrown into the dashboard, or being thrown from the vehicle in a crash. Even if you are going on a short trip, seatbelts are a must have every time.
Don’t drive buzzed or drunk – If you haven’t seen the public service announcements; buzzed driving is drunk driving. Simply put, you can’t drive a car safely if your judgment and motor skills are compromised by alcohol.
Know that it can happen to you – Teens may feel as if they are indestructible because they may have never been in an accident. But tragedy can strike anyone who fails to use reasonable care while behind the wheel.