Guest Author - Dominique Jordan
With the arrival of prom night, many teens become energized with excitement like kids in a candy store. This excitement is caused by the anticipation of the prom itself and all the exciting possibilities teens experience on this one night. They become excited with the imagery of prom pictures with friends, elegant suits and gowns, and unforgettable decorations.
This one night is a special time in the life of a teenager and it should be celebrated responsibly. Although this night often brings out the best in some students, it can also expose the worst in others. The following points are what you need to know in order to have a safe and unforgettable prom night.
* Make sure your parents know your date. Making a right impression on your date's parents, or vice versa, is very important if they have never been introduced. It gives them an opportunity to get to know each other beforehand. Also, it makes them feel comfortable that you are going to the prom with someone they actually know.
*Never leave your cup of punch for a while and come back to it. Usually at these types of events, there are always a few pranksters roaming around. These people will do anything for a laugh or to see something terrible happen. Leaving your drink behind and coming back to it is a bad idea. Someone may try to put something very dangerous into it such as pills or other poisonous substances.
*Don't let anyone pressure you into doing something you don't want to do. Prom night is an evening you should enjoy. You should be making fun memories with your friends. If you know that something isn't right, go with your gut feeling. Don't ruin your special night by allowing yourself to fall into a trap of someone else's doing.
*Don't drink and drive. This is the most important thing you should remember in order to have a safe and enjoyable evening. According to the National Highway Travel Safety Administration, car crashes were the leading cause of death for people between ages 15-20 in 2005 (the last year for which data was available), and 23% of drivers killed had blood alcohol content over .08.
Drinking and driving is very dangerous. Most accidents are caused by this issue and it should be taken very seriously. If you canít afford a limo, make sure your parents are available at all hours to take your phone call. They'll pick you and your friends up without any hesitation because your safety is important to them.
*Always have your cell phone. In this day and age, it is almost a given that every teen will have their cell phones on them. They'll use these phones, and other mobile devices, to take pictures and capture videos. Cell phones should be used in order to make contact with others in case of an emergency.
Prom night should be an evening where teens can enjoy themselves and their friends. It is something tat only comes once in a lifetime and it should be enjoyed with caution.