(La Porte County, IN) - Prom season is coming up. La Porte County Police will beef up patrols to try and make sure everyone involved stays safe.
According to police, saturation patrols are planned where prom and post prom activities occur throughout the county, Police said drunk driving along with adults providing alcohol to minors will be targeted. Proms are scheduled at schools in La Porte County from May 1st to June 4th.
The Sheriff’s Office has several suggestions for parents that may help their child remain safe at their prom:
- Parents should take an inventory of alcohol in their home and secure it if necessary.
- Parents should not rent hotel rooms for children.
- Parents should make a pact with their children to provide a safe ride.
- Parents should ensure that their children take their cellular telephone with them and require them to check in throughout the evening.
- Parents should discuss their children’s plans in advance of the prom, so the exact plans are known ahead of time.
- Prom-goers should have an agenda and their parents should require them to adhere to it.
- Parents should know their child’s date before the prom and with whom they will be attending if double-dating.
- Parents should exchange telephone numbers with the parents of their child’s date.
- Parents should consider hosting an alcohol-free post prom party in which their child’s friends are welcome to spend the night.
- Parents need to understand that alcohol is a drug, is not acceptable and illegal for those under the age of 21.
- Parents should stay up for their children’s return home.
Sheriff John Boyd added, “We are pleased that for seventeen (17) consecutive years, prior to last year’s cancellation of proms due to the pandemic, no La Porte County High School Prom attendee has been injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash and our goal remains the same this year. Our increased enforcement efforts will be an indication and send a message that we want La Porte County youth to be safe and to enjoy their prom.”