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Promise to stay safe over prom

Published 11:27am Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Prom season is again upon us.

It’s probably one of the most exciting times for a high school senior. Not only does it mark the beginning of the end of their high school careers, but it’s also one of the moments that you never forget.

Last Friday night, I began noticing my Facebook news feed begin to get flooded with portraits of students all dressed up for Falkville’s prom.

I expect that will happen and more this Friday night when Hartselle’s prom is scheduled.

While it’s one of the most exciting times for these students who are finishing their high school careers, it could also be one of the scariest nights for parents.

We have all heard tragic stories of how many teens’ lives have been cut short because they decided to drink and drive on their prom night. That’s the reason why Falkville High School held a Prom Promise rally at its school last week before the school prom.

I’m also sure that view has been reinforced by youth leaders around our community.

I’m not going to debate whether or not students should be drinking because that’s a moot point for me. High schoolers do find ways to drink. It happens and there’s no way to completely stop that.

However, one thing that we can prevent is students making the decision to drink and drive. Before the prom gets here this Friday have a plan of action. If you’re going to drink, have a designated driver who will drive you back home.

If not that, have some other plan to make sure you stay safe.

The last thing I want to do on Saturday morning is having to write a story about one of our seniors dying from a drunken driver crash.

Brent Maze is the managing editor of the Hartselle Enquirer.

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