PROM TIPS SHEET Students NEVER get into a car with a driver who has been drinking or doing drugs, even if they say they are OK to drive. Have an emergency plan ready. Have someone you can call who can pick you up if you find yourself in a dangerous situation. Hopefully you don’t need to call them, but it is better to have a plan just in case. Carry enough money with you to take a cab or public transportation if necessary. Call *CSP (*277) or 911 if you think someone is impaired and behind the wheel, you may save a life of a friend by getting them off the road. The call can be completely anonymous. Many schools offer an alcohol-free after party. Take advantage of these inexpensive or sometimes free opportunities. Parents Talk to your kids about alcohol and the dangers of drinking and driving, including: o Injuring or killing someone else or themselves o Arrest o Losing their driver’s license o Cost of a DUI = $10,270 o Effects on college admission or job eligibility Encourage kids to have a safe emergency plan if they find themselves in a situation without a sober driver. Help them plan who they can call, whether it is you or another responsible adult. Talk to your kids about their prom plans. Who will they be with? Where are they going? How will they be getting from place to place? It is illegal to provide alcohol to minors and parents can be held responsible for drunk drivers if they provided the alcohol. You can also lose your driver’s license or even be charged with a felony of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.