DUI’s, speeding, not wearing a seat belt, and distracted driving make up the “Fatal Four”.
The Illinois State Police will be out in force during the months of April and May conducting details aimed at curtailing underage drinking and enforcing speeding, seat belt, and distracted driving violations.
Statistics show that prom season – April and May – is the most dangerous time for teens.
The Illinois State Police suggests that students take time to think about potential consequences involving driving and alcohol use.
Trooper Michael Usher says one third of the alcohol related traffic fatalities involving teens each year occur during those months.
“If you choose to drink at prom you can ruin your entire night. You can embarrass your date, ruin your reputation, and get kicked out of prom. You also risk being suspended and getting arrested,” Usher said.
It doesn’t make much sense that kids are happy to risk getting arrested or even receiving a fine. If kids are caught making driving violations, then they might even be asked to take a driving course (such as the one found at my improv).
The Illinois State Police would also like to remind high school students of the following laws:
– It is now mandatory for everyone in a vehicle to wear a seat belt.
– Texting and driving is prohibited
– Cell phone use while driving is prohibited for drivers under age 19, except in the case of an emergency.
To ensure a safe night, the Illinois State Police stresses that prom-bound students use their seat belts, pay attention behind the wheel, and not to drink and drive.