Extra patrols are planned during prom time

 

Press release submitted

The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office and La Porte County DUI Task Force will increase enforcement and patrols around prom and post-prom sites this spring. The goal is to deter alcohol use and eliminate alcohol-related crashes among La Porte County High School Prom attendees.

Proms in La Porte County will begin May 1 and conclude June 4.  Between these dates, Westville, La Porte, La Lumiere, Michigan City, Marquette, New Prairie, La Crosse, and South Central high schools will all conduct prom events.

The sheriff’s office and DUI Task Force will saturate the areas around each prom and post-prom site to deter potential alcohol and drug use. The sheriff’s office maintains a zero tolerance towards the consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages by minors. Those and any others who provide alcohol to minors will be targeted and jailed as well.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that teens are more likely than anyone else to be killed in alcohol-related crashes.  In 2016, almost 1 out of 5 teenage drivers involved in fatal crashes had consumed alcohol.  Data shows that 16 percent of 15- to 18-year-old drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2016 had consumed alcohol.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also reports that in 2016, 818 teen drivers and 569 passengers died in vehicles driven by teens.

“Prom is the most dangerous night of the year for teenagers,” La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd said. “It is not only a dangerous time for teenagers, but also a dangerous time for anyone who is driving. Our goal is to make the prom season safe, enjoyable and memorable for all.”

The sheriff’s office offers suggestions for parents that may help teens remain safe at their proms:

 

  • Parents should take an inventory of alcohol in their home and secure it if necessary.
  • Parents should not rent hotel rooms for children.
  • Parents should make a pact with their children to provide a safe ride.
  • Parents should ensure that their children take their cell phone with them and require them to check in throughout the evening.
  • Parents should discuss their children’s plans in advance of the prom, so the exact plans are known ahead of time.
  • Prom-goers should have an agenda and their parents should require them to adhere to it.
  • Parents should know their child’s date before the prom and with whom they will be attending if double-dating.
  • Parents should exchange telephone numbers with the parents of their child’s date.
  • Parents should consider hosting an alcohol-free post prom party in which their child’s friends are welcome to spend the night.
  • Parents need to understand that alcohol is a drug, is not acceptable and illegal for those under the age of 21.
  • Parents should stay up for their children’s return home.

 

Boyd added, “We are pleased that for 17 consecutive years, prior to last year’s cancellation of proms due to the pandemic, no La Porte County high school prom attendee has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash, and our goal remains the same this year. Our increased enforcement efforts will be an indication and send a message that we want La Porte County youth to be safe and to enjoy their prom.”

One Response to “Extra patrols are planned during prom time”

  1. Renne

    Apr 24. 2021

    I’m certainly curious how prom is handled safely during a pandemic. Alcohol is a valid concern, but so is illness.

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