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Denver area prom night approaching - teen safety tips

Drunk driving often ends in prom night tragedy
Drunk driving often ends in prom night tragedy
Associated Press

With prom nights around Denver upon us, many parents worry that their children will be in cars where the driver has been drinking.  This is a legitimate concern as many teens drink alcohol on their prom night, a fact that is becoming more the norm than the exception. 

The teenage years are the years in which children are getting more responsibility and are on the verge of adulthood.  However, most teens are not always able to make the best judgement calls and still feel that they are invincible and engage in risky behavior with the mindset that bad things happen to other people, but won't happen to them.

Many parents feel that drinking on prom night is a rite of passage and allow their kids to have alcohol at home or at parties.  Other parents hope thier kids will make the right choices.  Unfortunately, this is often not the case and every year the news has stories about high school kids killed on prom night. 

This year, parents need to talk to their kids about the dangers of drunk driving and stress the importance of making sure they abstain.  Or, facing the reality, at least make sure they have a designated driver even if they have to call you at 2am to get a ride home.  No parent wants their high school children to drink, but it is becoming more and more prevalent among teens so teaching them to make sure they never get in the car with someone who has been drinking or to get behind the wheel if they have been drinking could be the difference between getting home safely or a terrible tragedy.

Proms in the Denver area fall on many nights over the next several weeks so have this talk with your teen soon so that you can rest easy on prom night.

Source: USA Today


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