Authorities Send Message to Teens about Prom Night

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Prom night is right around the corner and local officials want to make sure area teens are making safe decisions.

With prom and graduation season underway, The Muskingum County Safe Communities Coalition wants to ensure area students are celebrating safe and sober. Lt. Matt Boyd of the State Highway Patrol said they are cracking down on drunk driving between April 23rd through May 14th.

“We want the kids to go out and have a great time on their prom night of course that’s what it’s all about we just don’t want them to get complacent and not think about the safety aspect of it by going out and driving with a car load of kids and being distracted, consuming alcohol or drugs. We encourage them to obey all traffic laws,” said Lt. Boyd.

In the state of Ohio, it is illegal for someone under the age of 21 to possess or drink alcohol. Yet teens make up a significant proportion of drunk drivers causing traffic crashes on Ohio roadways, something Lt. Boyd said they have a zero tolerance for.

“We hope that our presence deters a lot of that. But, if not I would much rather write a kid a ticket or send them to court then have to knock on their parents’ door and tell them that something tragic has happened,” said Lt. Boyd.

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