A Safe Prom Night

Essay by Cutiefromthed2003University, Bachelor'sA+, November 2004

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Prom season is almost here and for teenage girls this means the stress of buying dresses, making hair appointments and decided who to go with. Although that is exciting, for many families painful memories of past prom seasons make each passing one seem like nothing more than a reoccurring nightmare due to the fatalities of alcohol and drugs. To prevent this from happening it is my duty to tell you students why drinking on prom night is a major no, no and why students should sign the prom pledge.

Nationally, more than 100,000 teens are arrested each year for drinking and driving on prom nights. More than 20,000 teens are injured each year due to prom night drinking and driving. More than 1,000 teens are killed each year due to prom nightdrinking and Driving. Teens involved in prom night drunk driving arrests face court costs and defense fees which can exceed $1,500.

Additionally, conviction for drunk driving offenses can lead to jail time, fines, community service, probation, higher auto insurance rates, and creates a stigma on a teen's record which can have adverse affect on the teen's admission to college or on the teen's ability to get a job. Prom Night drinking leads teens to act irresponsibly. Specifically, many communities report that male teens who drink to excess on prom nights engage in violent behavior, including but not agencies report that female teens who drink to excess on prom nights often engage in high risk sexual behavior which they would avoid if sober.

There are many ways to have fun without drugs and alcohol after prom. For example teenagers could buy a bunch of one-use cameras, pass them around to their friends, and set a goal to use every last picture before the night is...