Have A Safe Prom and Graduation Year

Representing Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Nearby Areas of Florida

This is the time of year when teens across the country and in Florida are preparing to celebrate graduations and prom nights. It’s natural for teens to celebrate with alcohol. No matter what adults say, we all know it is going to happen. The safest practice is to acknowledge it and do what you can to make it a safe celebration.


Statistics show clearly that teen injuries from automobile accidents increase during the prom and graduation season. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles acknowledges this fact and suggests that teens, parents, and school administrations work together to make sure teens can celebrate this wonderful time in their lives and stay safe on Florida’s streets and highways at the same time.

First of all, teens must understand that Florida law enforcement agencies have a zero tolerance for driving under the influence and that drivers under age 21 with a blood alcohol level of only .02 or more will have their license suspended for six months. Parents and teens should also remember these rules:

  • Don’t drink and drive;
  • Don’t get into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking;
  • Buckle up – it’s the law;
  • Keep cell phones on so parents can reach you, but don’t talk or text while driving;
  • If you need help or assistance, call your parent or a trusted adult, and if it’s an emergency, call 911;
  • Limit the number of passengers in a vehicle to minimize distractions;
  • If possible, have parents or transportation companies provide chauffeur services.
Have a safe and happy prom night and graduation season!