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Planning a Safe Prom


By Wendy Leonard

It’s spring of junior year. Your son and daughter just got their invitations to the prom. There are dresses and tuxes to be bought; travel arrangements to be made; a post-prom party to be planned. But are you all really ready for that special night?

One Talk Won’t Do It

Rose H., a West Virginia mother, says, “I’ve been talking with my daughter about making smart decisions for years. Every time she goes out, I know where she’s going and who she’s with. So for us, prom night was no different. It’s taken time–but now I know I can trust her to play by my rules.”

“Mom was great,” concurs her daughter, Karen. “She was so excited for me. But going out that night was like any other night; I had my cell phone, and I knew if I needed her, all I had to do was call.”

How many families have worked this long on a process of trust? Linda R., a mother from Maryland, had a very anxious prom night.

“I sat down with Josh and warned him about not getting in a car with someone who’d been drinking. But once he was out the door, I felt powerless; and I worried all night until he got home safely.”

“Yeah, my folks gave me all sorts of warnings,” shares 18-year-old Josh. “But my friends and I can handle ourselves. And, seriously, it was prom night…we had to have some fun! Nobody died.”

Both of these families were fortunate. However, the grim reality is, over one third of all alcohol-related teen deaths occur during prom season. So, let’s get down to business. What can you do?


Readers' Comments

Emma Andi 04/18/08

Here are a few pointers for renting a limo on prom night:

1. Ask the transportation company for the Prom Promise. This is a document that teens sign in agreement of not drinking or taking drugs on Prom night. Many limousine and chauffeured transportation companies offer this contract as a way to give parents an outlet to discuss the importance of safety on Prom with their teens.

2. Give the transportation company a curfew. That’s right; the chauffer will abide by any rules you set forth, and will make sure to pick up and drop off your kids at a designated hour. This is a great way ensure your kids make it home on time, no excuses.

3. Check with industry associations to make sure the company you choose is reputable. Companies who belong to industry associations usually must abide by special insurance regulations and service rules. Reputable associations such as the National Limousine Association (NLA) and the local livery association are good indications that your service provider does their due diligence. If you are still stuck, consult The National Limousine Association’s website lists licensed, properly insured limousine professionals by community. Consumers can compare services, pricing, vehicle availability and receive non-binding online price quotes.

4. Set some ground rules. As the parent, you have the right to tell the transportation company what will and will not be tolerated in the vehicle. For example, you can ask that the chauffer keep the privacy screen down for the entire ride, so that he/she has a full grasp of what your kids are up to. If any of your rules are broken, the chauffer can turn the car around and bring your kids home.

5. Remember to sit back and relax. A reputable company hires drivers with proper training and licensing. Theses chauffeurs are used to carting around excited passengers all day long, so they know how to keep things under control.

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