Prom is about looking back at the past four years and remembering all the great times you had. But prom is also about looking to the future — about the excitement of fulfilling all your dreams, goals and ambitions in life yet to come.

But first things first: Make sure you have a future to celebrate. You can do that by making a pledge not to drink and drive. Sadly, that’s a reality for thousands of teens annually, who die in car accidents and from excessive drinking and drug overdoses.

Unfortunately, many teens ignore that message, because they feel that they’re invincible, unstoppable — that nothing can ever hurt them. Feeling unstoppable is great when you need that extra boost of confidence to tackle a final exam or ace that job interview — but it can have deadly consequences when it comes to choosing how to behave when alcohol is a factor.

And not just alcohol. There are other dangers out there that are just as deadly to your future. Dangers like suicide. Drug overdoses. Violence. That’s why SADD — formerly known as Students Against Drunk Driving — today proudly stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions.

That’s because we know it’s a complicated world out there, one filled with exciting opportunities, yes, but also dangers. We changed our name to reflect these new realities. In fact, drunk driving is just one culprit that threatens the lives of our fellow teens across the nation. The underlying cause of these threats is irresponsible, lazy or just plain dumb choices. Dumb choices like taking that strange pill your “friend” is pushing on you. Accepting that beer at the party. Driving too fast because your classmates are egging you on from the back seat. Those things aren’t fun. They may seem fun or thrilling at the time, but it takes just one second to turn what seems to be a harmless thrill into a tragedy.

And many of them are dumber than you think. For example, did you know that during 2009, nearly 13,000 people died in drunk driving-related crashes? In that same year, 1.2 million teenagers died from drug overdoses. Our goal is not to downplay the dangers of drunk driving. Instead, we hope this fact — and our name change — highlights the other dangers that threaten to do much more than spoil your good time. They can spoil — or even end — your life.

There’s nothing wrong with partying to celebrate four years of hard work and great friends — just do it responsibly. That’s why Prom Guide recommends reserving a prom limo. Besides arriving home alive, it will add to the memories of the night.

Prom night is about sharing memories of the past while making a toast to the future. Help us make sure you and your fellow students have a future to toast.

SADD’s mission:
SADD provides students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.

MADD‘s mission:
The goal of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.

12 COMMENTS

  1. You definitely need to protect yourself from all of the things that could go wrong when you are our partying on prom night. And definitely not driving while drinking is way up there from things not to do.

  2. Safety first. Two boring words that saves lives. We all have that YOLO-moments but is you do love yourself, you embrace safety seriously.

  3. It is really sad how many people drink and drive. Not only do they put their own lives in danger but also of the others on the road! I wish people would have fun but be safe too, nobody wants to end up with bad memories of such a great night!

  4. What a fabulous post and seriously it is so important to make sure that our teens are safe while having fun and creating memories that will last. Great tips here and it is much appreciated!

  5. haha I remember those days. Yeah, prom can definitely get wild and disastrous if people aren’t careful. This is a good piece of advice.

  6. This is a must read! It’s so sad that a lot of young people die in a car accident the day of their prom!
    Love this causes mission so much! Such an inspiration

  7. Great tips for both parents and teens, my fave store in Wellington, Florida LA CASA HERMOSA carries gorgeous prom dresses, and the owner is super great about registering dresses and provide Prom Safety Sheets.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.