7 Ways to Play it Safe on Prom Night

Help get the word out about the dangers of alcohol, drugs, and driving while impaired on prom night with your local SADD or MADD chapter. Here's how:

1.  Kick Off Prom with a Pre-Prom Health Day Program.

SADD students at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachussets along with their Health Services Department organized a two-hour, pre-prom program for seniors.

Prom Health Day

2.  Start the Day with a Senior Breakfast.

This will help your classmates feel a sense of camaraderie and will be the perfect beginning to the day’s festivities.

Prom - Breakfast Buffet

3.  Create a SADD Hallway.

Lead your fellow students down the hallway to the auditorium decorated with SADD posters and signs that reinforce your message.

Prom - High School Hallway

4.  Spare No Drama.

Have your local funeral parlor provide a hearse parked on your school’s footpath or lawn.  With its doors open, be sure to drape you school’s flag over the casket.  For another alternative, use a car that was in an accident caused by a drunk driver.

Prom - Hearse - Coffin

5.  Invite the Coroner.

The coroner, a representative from the district attorney’s office, an emergency room doctor, Director of Alcoholic Beverage and Control and/or a person once involved in a drunken driving incident and lived to tell about it would be good speakers for a panel discussion.

Prom - Morgue

6.  Show a Music Video.

By now you’ve probably seen, Simple Plan’s riveting video to the single, “Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?).”  Make a showing of the video be the centerpiece of your school’s anti-alcohol and drug campaign.  With a partnership and endorsement from MADD, this video is sure to make impression on your classmates.

7.  Celebrate Your Health.

Get parents involved in planning a post-prom celebration at a local health club.

Prom - Health Club Party

It is estimated that twenty one percent of young teenage drivers killed in car crashes are intoxicated.  You can help save the lives of you and your friends by thinking about the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, getting involved, and making sound decisions.  For more information, please visit SADD and MADD.


  1. These are some really great tools to keep our teens safe especially during a time when they will go partying on prom night!

  2. Our local schools bring in a crashed car or two, and have a few students portray the drunk driver and victims in the car(s). I think it sends a powerful message, as there haven’t been any alcohol/drug-related fatalities or arrests that I’m aware of.

  3. It’s a good idea for a school or town to do something like this before prom season. High school kids should not be drinking. It only takes one moment of bad judgment to change lives forever.


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