5 Ways to Stay Safe During School Celebrations
During the month of May end of the school year activities commonly take place. Prom and graduation season are exciting times for school students. Exams are over, summer is quickly approaching, and the next chapter of life is to begin. Prom and graduation celebrations are often quite festive. Unfortunately, the celebrations often involve underage drinking or binge drinking. Risk of accidents and injuries during this season notably increase. Alcohol combined with risky behavior is always a recipe for disaster. During prom and graduation season the number of traffic accidents are higher than any other time in the year. As a high school or college student there are ways to enjoy your big night without placing yourself or others in harms way.
1. Let 'em know
Always inform your parent or guardian of your plans for the evening. This includes all activities before the actual event, the actual event, and after prom or graduation activities. Always offer explicit information--from address of location to expected amount of time spent there. If possible, include phone numbers of you friends accompanying you and the parents of these friends. If something were to happen to you your parents would not be out of the loop. They were well informed of your whereabouts and plans.
2. Buddy system
Remain with your group of friends throughout the night. Do not separate yourself from your friends. There is strength in numbers. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation alone, it is more difficult to dig yourself out of trouble. When you travel in a group you become accountable for your friends. Look out for one another. If someone is engaging in risky behavior, step in. Allowing people to drink past their limitations or operate a vehicle under the influence is never a good idea.
3. Charge it
Allow your phone to fully charge before you leave the home. A dead phone in an emergency situation is completely useless. You want to be able to call for help or contact your parents if something were to happen. Be sure that there is at least one working phone among your group of friends at all times. If possible, bring along a portable charger or car charger. These have proven to be extremely useful.
4. Emergency funds
Bring along emergency cash or cards. If a situation presents itself where you need immediate funds this will certainly come in handy. You never know when you need to call for a cab ride or buy something at a convenience store.
5. Drinking and Driving
Do not drink and drive. Do not get into a vehicle with someone who does. Do not do drugs and operate a vehicle. Do not get into a vehicle with someone who does. Driving under the influence is dangerous. It is dangerous for you and other drivers on the road.
If you have been involved in an automobile accident involving a reckless driver, contact us at Colley and Colley.