Prom Safety | Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys

Posted on Apr 24 , 2013

My daughter's prom 2013

My daughter’s prom 2013

 

It’s that time of year again … glitzy shoes, gowns, corsages, limo rentals, and, unfortunately, drunk driving accidents.  While teens are busy putting the finishing touches on their evening wear, parents are anxiously pacing the floor in anticipation of their teens returning home safely from prom night.

As parents, you can empower your teens to make the right decisions.  Safety experts say that just talking to your teens about drinking and driving isn’t enough.
Getting involved in planning your teen’s prom night is a great way to plan the itinerary together.  This will ensure that you are informed of post-prom parties and other activities.

Here are some other things to consider as you help plan their big night and keep them safe:

  • Join with other parents and rent a limo for them.
  • Join other parents in planning a big post-prom party for everyone.
  • Set out rules regarding post-prom parties or other activities – with whom they will be, where, for how long and what they will be doing.
  • Get a complete itinerary for the evening, including names of other prom-goers they will be with and phone numbers of their parents.
  • Set a curfew based on past behavior, but be reasonable. This is a special night. Have your teen call if there is a delay.
  • Send your teen a text message during the night telling them to have fun, but reminding them not to ruin a great time.
  • Be on call for a ride home or other emergency.
  • Some experts suggest laying out a “contract” between you and your teen for prom night rules and expectations.  Despite what you think and what your teen may say, they want you involved in their activities and keeping them safe.

The link will provide you more information on prom safety:

http://www.response.com/tips_tools/car_safety/prom-night-safety.aspx


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