prom and graduation message for parents and friends
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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.
State Police District 9 news release]