Prom season: What parents should know to keep teens safe

Suzanne Monaghan
May 09, 2018 - 9:41 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Prom and high school graduation season can be a memorable time for teenagers.

But it can also be a dangerous one.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, approximately one-third of alcohol-related traffic fatalities involving teens happen between April and June.

Author and counselor Raychelle Lohmann said parents need to be a ready and willing to back them up as the designated driver.
  
"[Teens] need to know that there's an outlet where they're not going to get in trouble for making the right decision to not get into that car or vehicle with someone who has been drinking or smoking or taking any other type of drug," she said.

For parents hosting prom or graduation after parties, Lohmann suggested to only allow kids in who are on the guest list, collect their car keys at the door, don't allow anyone to bring in outside containers, and make sure you provide all the food and drinks.