Statistics show that prom season – April and May – is the most dangerous time for teens. DUIs, speeding, not wearing a seat belt, and distracted driving make up the “Fatal Four.”
COLLINSVILLE – April is the beginning of prom season and a time when celebrations can turn dangerous for high school students.
The Illinois State Police want to remind students to take time to think about potential consequences involving driving and alcohol use.
Statistics show that prom season – April and May – is the most dangerous time for teens. DUIs, speeding, not wearing a seat belt, and distracted driving make up the “Fatal Four.” The Illinois State Police will be out in force during April and May conducting details aimed at curtailing underage drinking and enforcing speeding, seat belt and distracted driving violations.
“One-third of the alcohol-related traffic fatalities involving teens each year occur during those months,” District 11 Commander Joe Kollins said. “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. You also risk being suspended and getting arrested.”
The Illinois State Police would also like to remind high school students of the following laws:
- It is mandatory for everyone in a vehicle to wear a seat belt.
- Texting and driving is prohibited.
- Cell phone use while driving is prohibited for drivers younger than 19, except in the case of an emergency.
To ensure a safe night, the Illinois State Police stresses that prom-bound students use their seat belts, pay attention behind the wheel, don’t text and drive, and do not drink and drive.