Playing It Safe on Prom Night

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Photo by Mia Leibold Senior Ben Schreck is preparing to go to prom on Saturday.  Some organizations around the community offer post-prom packages such as bowling.
Photo by Mia Leibold
Senior Ben Schreck is preparing to go to prom on Saturday. Some organizations around the community offer post-prom packages such as bowling.

Dresses and tuxes, flowers and photos, prom is known for being a last hoorah for high school upperclassmen. For many years, juniors and seniors at Loy Norrix have spent prom as one last fancy night with their classmates. Unfortunately, post-dance activities could potentially make it your last night alive.

Alcohol consumption results in nearly 30 deaths a day in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control. Not only is riding with an alcohol-impaired driver extremely dangerous, but also illegal. The cut off age at high school prom is 21, making all students in attendance a minor.

Programs such as M.A.D.D, Mother Against Drunk Driving, travel to schools in hopes of reaching out to teens who do not understand the ramifications of underage drinking. With Loy Norrix’s prom quickly approaching, it is up to the student body to make smart choices.

Senior Audrey Meyers is playing it safe on prom night by renting a limousine with her friends.

“We will have a driver who isn’t distracted,” said Meyers. “Being in a car full of friends can be very distracting.”

Like Meyers, students should begin to plan their prom transportation ahead of time.

Steps to playing it Safe on Prom Night:

1. Plan ahead with your friends and family.

2. Try to avoid uncomfortable situations.

3. Be vocal and speak up! If you feel uncomfortable, have somebody that you can call who can help.

Prom night is a special event. Being safe and responsible is an important part of having a memorable time.