Bring Teens Home Safe This
Prom & Graduation Season
Tips for parents
and graduation are long-time high school traditions are often
considered a rite of passage into adulthood. They are both very
important to a teenager. Often, prom and graduation represent the end of
adolescence and the beginning of the student's next phase of life. It
is a time for celebration.
DID YOU KNOW: Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and one out of three of those is alcohol related. - NHTSA
vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of young people across
the nation. The risk of a fatal motor vehicle crash is higher among 16
to 19 year olds than among any other age group. Teen crashes are most
often the result of driver distraction, inexperience, speeding, and
failure to yield. In addition, teenagers have a greater risk of death
from an alcohol-related crash than the overall population. Historically,
the months of April, May, and June are the most dangerous times for
need to talk to their teenagers about these real dangers. Here are some
helpful tips for parents to help them make sure their child stays safe.
- Who's Driving? Who will be responsible
for driving the entire time? Is it your child, a friend, a parent, a
family member, a designated driver, or a limo? Make sure your teen
has money to cover alternative transportation, like a cab, if
- Limit Passengers. Limit the
number of passenger in the car to reduce driver distractions
(speeding, changing radio, eating, texting, cell phone usage, etc.) and
to ensure there are enough seatbelts.
- Set Itinerary. Have
a set itinerary and be on time. Know where your teen is, how long
they will be there, when they will be leaving, who is there, and
who is supervising the event. Set a curfew to elevate unaccounted
blocks of time. Do not deviate from itinerary unless getting
approval from a parent. Parents should be up when the teenager
- Contact Information.
Make sure you and your teen have a way of contacting each other
throughout the evening. Get a list of names and phone numbers of
anyone who will be with your teenager.
- Event Supervision. Know where the events are being held and who is supervising the events that your teen will be attending.
- No Drinking or Drugs.
Make sure your teen knows that drugs or alcohol are not allowed at any
time, including at the party or in the vehicles. Absolutely under
no circumstances are you to drink and drive and you must not accept
any rides from someone who has been drinking and driving or has
taken any legal or illegal drugs. It's not only unsafe, it's
- Do Not Buy Alcohol. Parents
should never buy alcohol for their teenager. It is illegal and
sends the wrong message that it is okay and safe to drink underage.
Drinking can lead to an accident, injury, alcohol poisoning, and
drinking and driving.
- No Hotel Rooms. Parents
are discouraged from renting hotel rooms for their teenagers. If a
room is rented, an appropriate adult must be present to ensure
safety and manage risk.
can be a stressful time for parents. Parents must, however, provide
leadership, guidance, and set the rules. Communicate with your teen this
prom and graduation season about the dangers of auto accidents, drunk
driving, underage drinking, and distracted driving to keep them safe.
SAMHSA’s underage drinking prevention PSA campaign helps parents and caregivers
start talking to their children early—as early as nine years old—about the dangers
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USAC MISSION STATEMENT
Through shared leadership we will mobilize and sustain community efforts to eliminate underage alcohol and illegal drug use amoung our youth.
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To improve the health of our community and its youth.
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