Farmington Hills, MI (April 21, 2006)--- As students return to school after spring break, many are beginning to count down the weeks until summer. For seniors, these last few weeks are exciting as they finalize their graduation and future plans. Many students are also preparing for prom, which is just around the corner.
Prom and graduation season is known to be a time of celebration. Unfortunately, these happy occasions sometime involve underage drinking, which can result in tragedy. During this time, parents and other residents have the responsibility to ensure the safety of students and the rest of the community.
Traditionally, prom night sees a rise in reckless activities among teenagers, including drunk driving and driving at dangerous speeds. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teen alcohol-related traffic fatalities rise considerably during prom season.
Sanford Vieder, D.O., Botsford General Hospital’s Chief of Staff and EMS Medical Director, says, “According to national statistics, alcohol related crashes kill more young people ages 16 to 20 than any other age group. Many young people who do survive serious car accidents are left with life threatening or life altering brain injuries.”
It is extremely important that parents inform their kids about the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving. Prom season is an excellent opportunity to keep the lines of communication open. Dr. Vieder offers the following tips for parents and teenagers during prom season:
Everyone can help keep the roads safe during prom season and all year round. If you suspect a driver is drunk, please call 911 to report the person.
The Botsford Health Care Continuum is an integrated system of care, which includes Botsford General Hospital, the Botsford Physician Network, Community Emergency Medical Service, the Botsford Continuing Care Corporation and the Botsford Center for Health Improvement. The Botsford site on the Internet is www.botsford.org.
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