This month marks the commencement of high school homecoming events in Westchester county.
Homecoming is a time that brings students, alumni, and their families together for an event-filled weekend. School pride and community engagement abound. It’s great for everyone – but, for our teenagers, the activities can be a bit overwhelming and can lead to lapses in good judgment.
Parties and peer pressure provide unwanted opportunities for our teenagers to test their resolve. There’s the big football game, plus the additional festivities such as parades, rallies, bonfires and school dances. And inevitably, there’s a post homecoming party that’s typically held off campus – and can run well into the night.
Unfortunately, for some, these activities can lead to underage drinking – and driving – which all too often leads to dangerous consequences.
According to the U. S. Department of Transportation, 16-20 year olds have the highest risk of being killed in a traffic crash of any age group. Responding to this, local police forces step-up their DWI patrols during homecoming events - and are on special lookout for underage drinkers.
So what can you do to keep your kids safe -- and actually help them have a better night?
Discuss the evening with them and explain your expectations. If you don't want them attending a party before the party (where alcohol might be served) then tell them -- and stick to your guns about it. If you don't want them driving -- then take part in helping them arrange for transportation. There are many limousine services out there, like Luxor Limo , that are reputable -- and don't want any trouble, just like you. And most important, let your child know that if they do get into trouble -- your are there for them -- no questions asked.