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.”
High school students soon will be participating in prom and graduation celebrations that occur at school and private locations. Alcohol and drug use may occur during celebrations at private locations both before and after the school-sponsored celebrations.
Illinois State Police District 11 troopers will be doing their part to make this a safe prom and graduation season for everyone. Troopers will conduct directed patrols with aggressive enforcement of “distracted driving” laws and enforcement of the “fatal five” (DUI, speeding, seat belt, improper lane usage, and following too close).
“Prom is an exciting time for high school students and we want to encourage teens to have fun by making good choices,” Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Joe Kollins said. “If you choose to drink at prom you can embarrass your date, ruin your reputation, and get kicked out of prom. You also risk being suspended from school, and getting arrested. Students should know the consequences of underage drinking. There are legal ramifications, but most importantly, you can get yourself or someone else seriously injured or killed.”
In addition to the directed patrols, seat belt enforcement zones also will be conducted. The goal of these concentrated efforts is voluntary compliance. Illinois State Police are asking students to ensure memories of this year’s prom and graduation are positive ones by not using alcohol or drugs, buckling up, and following the motto “stay alive, focus on the drive.”
Illinois State Police would also like to remind high school students about the following laws:
- It is mandatory for everyone in a vehicle to wear a seat belt
- Texting and driving is prohibited
- Cellphone use while driving is prohibited