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Keep your teen safer on prom night with these tips

Springtime in Louisville is a lovely season with many events and activities taking place. One of those on the horizon is the prom, a treasured rite of passage cherished by high school students all over the nation.

But while parents often have fond memories of their own senior proms, many have qualms about their own kids engaging in forbidden and dangerous activities on prom night.

They have a good point, as during prom season, many teens get arrested for drunk driving, get into wrecks — and sadly, some will not survive the experience. Part of it can be attributed to the poor impulse control typically present in teenagers. Peer pressure plays a primary role as well. But there are things parents can do to reduce the likelihood of their teens getting into harm's way on prom night.

Parents can pony up the money for a limo to take their teen and their date to the dance and the after-party. Groups of parents can pool funds to arrange a party bus driven by a chauffeur with a valid commercial driver's license to avoid the teens driving themselves to the festivities.

Having a zero tolerance for underage drinking can make teens who are tempted to imbibe toe the line. But also tell your teen that if they are ever faced with riding with someone who has been drinking, they can call you to pick them up for a safe and sober ride home.

If your teenager winds up injured in an auto accident on prom night, you may need to take legal action against the negligent driver who was at fault in the collision.

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