As local teens prepare for the wonderful experience of their school Prom, local traffic safety advocates are hoping that they remember that getting there safe should be as important as the flowers or the dress. To “Stay Alive” students should remember “Don’t Text and Drive”. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the message is appropriate since most area proms are in the month of April.
“Students need to remember that the best way to make the evening memorable, is to make sure they are able to share the memories by getting there, and getting home safely”, stated Teresa C. Carper, Safe Communities of Pickaway County Director. “Buckle Up, watch your speed, and put down the phone, are all recommendations from all of us at Safe Communities for a great Prom.”
Prom is generally held just before what is known as the “100 Days of Summer”. The time frame was once promoted to alert teens that the time between Prom/graduation, and the start of the new school year, is one of the most dangerous for their age group. The summer months often net more speed related crashes, impairment, and distractions. With Prom Season at the start of this crucial time, the need to remember safe driving habits is especially important.
Safety should be a priority every day of the year. For more information on how to remain safe while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, visit the National Highway Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov .