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[MAY 4, 2006]  SPRINGFIELD -- Capt. James Wolf, Illinois State Police District 9 commander, announced Wednesday that District 9 troopers will be out in force on prom and graduation nights to enforce the laws regarding underage drinking. This is traditionally the time of year when, unfortunately, prom and graduation parties make alcoholic beverages available to teenagers.

For those 15 to 20 years old, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death, and more than half of these deaths are alcohol-related. Convincing teens to be safe and sober during prom and graduation events might save a life. Preventing even one fatality will make this year's prom and graduation season a success.

District 9 has ongoing educational programs to remind teenagers of the potentially tragic results of drinking and driving. Troopers will be participating in several safety education events, such as a mock alcohol-related crash, roll-over simulator scenarios and safety education displays. These events will help educate and promote a safe, alcohol-free prom and graduation.

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Wolf reminds parents to discuss prom and graduation rules and consequences with your child. Other tips include having a plan for your child's evening, knowing who is driving, encouraging seat belt use, establishing a curfew and staying up for your child's return. It is also important to note a child under the age of 17 does not have a valid driver's license after curfew, which is midnight on Friday and Saturday. This is especially important for those young drivers who may be attending after-prom activities where release times are early morning. Again, please take the time to discuss safety with your teen so a safe prom and graduation season can be enjoyed by all.

[Illinois State Police District 9 news release]


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