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Clarkstown Police Offer Prom Night Tips

The Clarkstown Police Department has posted a series of prom night tips for both teens and parents.
The Clarkstown Police Department has posted a series of prom night tips for both teens and parents. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. – With prom season in full swing, the Clarkstown Police Department has released a series of tips for teens and parents to get the most out of their night.

For parents:

  • Discuss the school's code of conduct with your teenager.
  • Know whom they're attending the prom with and talk about any pre- and post-prom parties.
  • Talk about the dangers of drinking and driving and remind your teenager of state laws.
  • Discuss a curfew and set consequences just in case.
  • Lay out travel plans and make sure you know who's driving or the name of the limo service.
  • Talk to your teenager about underage drinking and driving, and the inherent dangers.
  • If plans change, confirm the change with other parents.
  • Make clear that you're there if your teenager needs a ride home or to a post-prom party.
  • Get a phone number of their prom date and at least five friends.
  • Make them aware of the ease of modern cameras and social media.

For teenagers:

  • Take responsibility and plan the night.
  • Be aware that alcohol is illegal for anyone under 21.
  • Avoid having your friends drink and drive.
  • Make sure to talk about plans with friends in advance.
  • Don't accept drinks from anyone you don't know. If you put down your drink, dump it and get a new one.
  • Learn the warning signs of alcohol and drug poisoning and intoxication; call 911 if necessary.
  • Keep your parents and friends informed on where you are and where you're going.
  • Trust your instincts, and if you feel endangered or uncomfortable, leave immediately.
  • Practice answers that will get you out of uncomfortable situations.
  • Don't allow anyone in your group who has alcohol, drugs or weapons, as it limits the risk of getting arrested
  • Altering your driver's license or ID is illegal.

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