Written by Charles Lavine Friday, 04 June 2010 00:00
Parents and Teens Should Pledge Auto Safety at Prom Time
New York State Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine (D-Glen Cove) is urging parents or guardians to encourage their teens to use safe driving practices to ensure that they stay as protected as possible this prom season.
“Proms are a fun and exciting culmination to each school year, but the fun can quickly turn to tragedy when drugs or alcohol are involved,” said Lavine. “The heightened pressure to drink before, during or after such a special occasion can be very pronounced. That’s why I’m recommending that every family of a prom-going teen sign a safety pledge.”
The jointly-signed pledge requires parents or guardians to provide a ride at any time during the night – no questions asked – while teens promise not to drink and drive or to accept a ride from someone who’s been drinking.
“Maintaining an open dialogue and discussing alternative options to driving drunk or getting into a car with an intoxicated driver can mean the difference between life and death,” Lavine said. “A pledge helps open the lines of communication, increasing the chances that our teens will make good decisions and stay safe this prom season. It’s a sign of trust between parents and their prom-attending teen that could prevent a potentially devastating tragedy.”