Teen Tips for Safe Prom Night Driving

Want to prepare your young driver for the unexpected hazards from other teens who may not be so careful behind the wheel?

Connecticut State Police suggest an honest, open discussion and some safety tips before they hit the road for prom night.

“Wait a second before pulling into the intersection to ensure that other drivers are not running the light. And always watch for oncoming drivers, as impaired drivers tend to drive toward lights,” said Trooper First Class Kelly Grant of Connecticut State Police.

Also remind them they are held accountable for their passengers.

“Do not allow anyone in your car or limo that has alcohol, drugs or weapons. It is dangerous and everyone in the car is at risk of being arrested,”

They also suggest telling your child you love them, and making contingency plans if they drink. The most important choice they make is not to drive impaired.

“Remind your child that you are there for them, especially if they need a ride home or to an after-prom affair.”

The Connecticut State Police offers some suggestions to discuss for a safe prom night:

For Teens

  • Before you leave home, have directions to where you are going on prom night.
  • Discuss your plans with your friends; remind each other about responsible decision-making and confronting peer pressure.
  • Remember to contact your parents if your plans change.

For Parents

  • Set a firm curfew.
  • Emphasize the importance of a good night's sleep the evening before.
  • Reinforce that you trust them, but remind them other drivers are a threat and that they must be alert for drunk drivers.