This is a time of the year when many high school students are renting limousines, tuxedos and evening dresses. Prom season is also a time of the year when law enforcement agencies all across the region step up their efforts to warn teenagers of the dangers of underage drinking.
Drinking and driving is a bad combination regardless of the perpetrator’s age. Too many prom night celebrations have been ruined over the years by a drunken teenager behind the wheel. But it’s not just drinking and driving that can spoil prom night. Underage drinking is illegal and has many consequences that not only include possible death and injury on the highway, but also death and injury from alcohol poisoning or violence.
Drinking under age 21 is against the law in this state. We know there are some teenagers and young adults who ignore the law. We chalk their illegal behavior up to the foolishness of youth. There is no excuse, however, for parents who aid and abet in such illegal activity.
Experts strongly advise parents never to allow underage drinking in their homes. It simply sends the wrong message. As we’ve said in this space many times before, parents need to be parents to their children — not party planners.