YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – In the midst of prom and graduation season, local law enforcement is beefing up patrol to catch drunk drivers.
The organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) said teens are more at risk during prom season than any other time of the year.
Car crashes are already the leading cause of death for teens, but more than one out of three of those crashes are alcohol related.
MADD also said parents have a strong influence on teen drinking behavior, and suggest having honest and regular conversations with children about the dangers of drinking and driving.
Most departments will be increasing weekend patrol for the next couple of weeks. They want to target all violators for both aggressive and distracted driving offenses including OVI violations and underage drinking.
“Don’t ever get into a car where there’s somebody that has been drinking and driving, and prevent an accident before it happens and just always be aware of the dangers around you,” said Sgt. Patrick Abel of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Local law enforcement is asking students to have a fun and safe time at both prom and graduation over these next couple of weeks.