Prom season is here, and the Illinois State Police is being proactive by trying to encourage safety on the roads as a way to limit traffic violations and any major accidents.
Statistics show April and May are the most dangerous for teenage drivers and passengers, with one-third of alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurring during this time; many times these dangers are related to what the state police call the “Fatal Four” violations:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Not wearing a seat belt
- Distracted driving
“If you choose to drink at prom you can ruin your entire night. You can embarrass your date, ruin your reputation, and get kicked out of prom,” said District 11 Commander Joe Kollins in Collinsville. “You also risk being suspended and getting arrested.”
As a reminder, the Illinois State Police want to make sure local high school students understand the following laws:
- It is mandatory that everyone wears a seat belt while in a vehicle.
- Texting and driving is prohibited.
- Drivers under the age of 19 cannot use a cell phone while driving; even hand-held devices are prohibited for this age group. The only exception to this is if there is an emergency.
If you are going to prom in a larger group, and have the funds to do so, consider renting a limo or some other type of chauffeured vehicle. Not only is it more fun, but it gives parents and teen a little peace of mind by eliminating the risks of being charged with a traffic violation.