Prepare for Prom with safety in mind

With proms approaching, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office reminds teens and their parents to celebrate safely.

Deputies say it is important for parents, teens and party hosts to understand the laws in order to keep everyone safe.

Some parents host after-prom parties where alcohol is provided, thinking that they can better protect teens by supervising their drinking, and by keeping them from driving drunk. Deputies are warning parents and guardians that they will be held responsible if any underage drinking occurs on their property and they could be subject to criminal and civil sanctions.

Establishments that sell alcohol are reminded to ask patrons for ID. Underage sales and purchases could result in criminal prosecution.

CCSO offers these tips to help keep teens safe during prom:
• Communicate with your teens regularly and openly about alcohol and drugs.
• Communicate with other parents about your expectations and theirs.
• Discuss your expectations and rules for prom and graduation outings.
• Know who will be driving and what your teen’s plans are.
• Make sure your teen has a cell phone. Have pre-established times when your teen calls in to check in with you.
• Remind your teen not to use alcohol or drugs, or ride in a vehicle with anyone under the influence.
• Never provide alcohol or drugs to your teen or others.
• Remind your teen to buckle up when riding in a vehicle.
• Get involved by volunteering to supervise prom events.
• Don’t rent a hotel room for teens.
• Stay up until your teen gets home.

Regular and open communication between parents and teens can make a difference in preventing drunken driving, drug use, DUI accidents, and other destructive behavior. Take the time to give your teens the information and tools they need to stay safe.

The Immokalee Bulletin is published every Thursday.

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