Drive sober and stay safe this prom and grad­u­a­tion sea­son

The Dundalk Eagle - - POLICE BEAT -

This time of year is one of the most ex­cit­ing times a teenager can have. For se­niors, this is the prom and grad­u­a­tion sea­son, time to cel­e­brate with fam­ily and friends.

How­ever, those cel­e­bra­tions for some in­clude al­co­hol

and or drugs. This is a lethal com­bi­na­tion when teens, or any­one, get be­hind the wheel and drive.

Ac­cord­ing to the In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety, there is a dra­matic in­crease in teen fa­tal­i­ties ex­tend­ing from April into July.

Po­lice sug­gests that par­ents and teens write and sign a con­tract. The con­tract would stip­u­late

that when the teen calls home for help, there will be no ques­tions or pun­ish­ment.

An­other re­minder — put the cell­phone away when you get into your car. Let some­one else pick out the mu­sic or make the calls.

When you drive dis­tracted, drunk, or drugged you put not only your­self at risk, but pas­sen­gers and other driv­ers.

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