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Make sure that prom night ends with good memories

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To the editor:

Prom night is an exciting time for teens to dress up, have fun with their friends and classmates, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you are a teen or the parent of a teen, it is important to remember that making poor choices like speeding, driving recklessly, not wearing a seat belt, drinking or riding with someone who is impaired by alcohol and drugs can not only ruin the evening, but ruin a life.

The Logan County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Task Force is reminding teens and parents of the deadly consequences of making poor decisions. Listed below are ways that parents and teens can do their part to help make prom an enjoyable and safe evening.


  • Talk to the teens in your life about ways that they can prevent problems.

  • Make sure you communicate with them clearly that there will be consequences if they choose to make a poor choice like drinking and driving.

  • Don't think that you are protecting them by letting them drink at home as long as they stay in the house. Alcohol is still illegal for those under 21 and can lead to other serious issues such as alcohol poisoning, binge drinking and legal consequences for them and you.

  • Remind them to avoid texting and talking on their cell phones while driving. Discourage speeding and remind them of curfews.

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  • It is up to you to make the right decisions. We all make choices and must live with the consequences. Making the right decisions isn't always the most popular one at the time, but it can make the difference between having a great prom night and a tragic one.

  • Don't ever feel pressured to get into a car or stay in a car where you feel unsafe. Whether it is because of fast driving, or the driver being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, don't be afraid to speak up.

  • Positive peer pressure can be very powerful. Telling your friends or classmates that you don't want to see them get hurt or hurt someone else may help them rethink some of their decisions.

It is our hope that parents and teens working and planning together during the exciting prom and graduation season can help youth enjoy these special times safely.

If you would like to make a positive impact in your community by working to decrease alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth, come visit a Logan County ATOD meeting. Meetings are held the second Friday of the month at the Logan County Department of Public Health at noon.

Camille Springer
Logan County Community Prevention Coordinator

[Posted April 28, 2010]

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