Get dressed up not messed up this prom season.
Prom season is here and the Wyandot County Safe Communities Coalition and local law enforcement agencies want to remind parents to talk with teens about the dangers of reckless, drunk, and distracted driving.
There is great joy in watching teens participate in a prom. Dressing up, taking pictures and dancing all add to memories that will last forever, but it only takes one bad choice to turn a magical evening into a living nightmare, and discussing ground rules with your teen just might make the difference. With this in mind, follow these tips to help ensure a safe, worry-free evening:
• Encourage wearing a seatbelt: it’s the best accessory!
• Remind your teen – it is never ok to ride with an impaired driver.
• Respect the driver, by not distracting the driver.
• Know where your teen will be, and stay up until they get home.
• No list with tips for teen drivers would be complete without an understanding that you’d rather have a phone call at 2 a.m. than your teen making the decision to drive impaired.
As a parent one of the riskiest things you allow your teen to do is drive a car, and unfortunately it is the leading cause of death for teenagers. Whether a child was the driver or the passenger in a crash hardly matters: a young life has ended. That’s why communicating with your teen driver, and setting ground rules, especially at this time of year, could make a difference: the difference between life and death. Remember, no parent wants to get a phone call or a knock on the door telling them that their child has been injured or, worse, died in a crash.
Help make this the best and safest prom season ever for your teen. Talk to them before the event, and reassure them that you are always just a phone call away. For more teen driver safety tips, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov, or follow the Health Department on Facebook.