Prom night safety is a priority for parents


Prom night is one of the most exciting events in a teen’s life. While making dinner reservations and shopping for an elegant dress or sharp tux are high on your teen’s to-do list, prom safety probably won’t cross his or her mind.

Safety, however, is the primary prom-related concern for parents. They especially worry about the risky behaviors associated with prom, including driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teens are at far greater risk of death in an alcohol-related crash than the overall population, despite the fact that they cannot legally purchase or publicly possess alcohol in any state.

“No matter how strong the relationship is between a parent and child, many parents are still unaware of the choices teens face every day," said Heather Trnka, injury prevention coordinator at Akron Children's Hospital. "For parents to successfully reach their teens, they need to approach safety issues in more direct ways."

As the big night nears, Akron Children's Hospital offers several steps parents can take to ensure their children have a safe prom night and many more special nights for years to come:

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