MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - You may think that your graduating high school senior isn't going to drink and then drive on their way to and from a number of sure to be planned graduation parties later this month, and maybe they won't. We certainly hope not.
However, a survey of more than 2,500 high school juniors and seniors conducted last year found that 79 percent of those teens surveyed said that their peers are more likely to drink and drive on graduation night.
These young men and women may think that as long as they aren't driving, or are not in a car, they can drink as much as they want without having to worry about consequences. But negative consequences are always possible when young people engage in drinking, which is not only illegal but has led to devastating life altering events, including death.
So talk to your teen before they head out the door, set guidelines and check to see if there is appropriate supervision at the parties your children will be attending. Go as far as letting them know that no matter what, they can call you to pick them up. No questions asked.
It's the least you can do to help make sure they have a fun, memorable and safe time with memories they look forward to reliving for a lifetime.