NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Prom Night, Safety First

By: Kym Grinnage email

I remember those years when my now adult daughters were so excited about prom night. But I also remember that I also worried about safety first and fun second. Yes, it's that season when many teens will be behind the wheel of a car in route to and from prom events. And you don't have to be in a car to be concerned about safety.

I was reminded of this safety issue when I viewed a PSA that was recorded by an area teenager who also understood the need to be safe first. I must first applaud the overwhelming number of parents and teens who take steps to make sure that they follow the rules of safe behavior. No drinking, no distracted driving, planned prom activities and most importantly thoughtful decision making.

We love our young people and the last thing we want to do is to put them in harm's way. I found that being very involved in the who, what, where and when of prom night allowed us to be involved parents without being joy kill parents.

There is an abundance of great safety tips on line. Just Google prom night safety tips.

When all is said and done we also need to say thank you to our teens for making good decisions, because  poor decisions can change the rest of their lives.

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