Prom night should be a night your teen remembers for the rest of her life; however, if she gets behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol, she might remember the night in a jail cell or worse. Make sure your teen keeps herself and other drivers safe on prom night by taking a safe prom pledge. Teens use these pledges to vow that they will refrain from driving distracted or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Check if your teen’s school is part of an initiative to promote sober proms, such as the one organized by the Suffolk County Police Department, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and various school districts last spring. The agencies asked students attending prom to sign a pledge to remain alcohol and drug free on prom night, as well as during the rest of the summer.
Your teen’s school may also have pledge programs sponsored by a Students Against Drunk Driving club or another organization. Talk to the principal to see if there are any programs in action.
Protecting your teen on prom night comes down to open communication. Approach her and let her know that while you expect her to stay safe and sober on prom night, if she does decide to drink, she can call you for a ride. Consider setting up a safe rides program with other parents to ensure everyone has a safe way home and a night to remember.
You may also consider hosting an after-prom party at your house to give teens a fun, alcohol-free place to hang out. Note: Ensure that none of the teens invited bring in alcohol.
Even the safest teens can be involved in an accident. If a drunk driver causes your teen’s accident, you may be able multiple parties, in addition to the driver, liable for the accident. Contact an attorney as soon as possible to learn who is responsible for the incident and discuss your legal options.
Call the Long Island drunk driving car accident attorneys at Goldstein & Bashner for help filing a claim, determining all possible liable parties, gathering evidence, and negotiating with insurance companies. We will make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for your teen’s car accident injuries. To learn more, contact us today at 516-874-0466.