Clearfield County, PA – As schools around our counties celebrate prom for the next few weekends, please talk to your own children about celebrating safely.

Before, during, and after prom:

  • Get educated about the current drug and alcohol trends in your community
  • Have an ongoing discussion with your child about the dangers of adolescent drinking and drug use
  • Let your child know they should always get help if a friend is in trouble

At least a week before prom:

  • Let your teen know that you love them and that your primary concern is for their safety
  • Ask if he/she has any concerns or apprehensions about prom night
  • Verify any after-prom celebrations and check to see if there are any school-sanctioned parties they can go to instead of a party at someone’s house
  • Continue to have an open conversation about prom night pressures and fears

On Prom Night:

  • Talk with both your child and their prom date about your expectations for their behavior
  • If a limo or another driver is picking up your student, talk to the driver directly and tell them you expect an alcohol-free and drug-free ride, with no extra stops to or from the prom
  • Inspect the limo or vehicle, including the trunk, to ensure it is drug and alcohol free

Watch the full mock accident demonstration from 2018 at the DuBois Area High School. They put on these demonstrations every few years, right before prom.

The ambulance company, fire crews, police, funeral workers, and even a Lifelight helicopter joined together to make sure the kids understood the risks and what can happen when you choose to drink and drive.

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DuBois High School juniors Trulee Stainbrook and Kelli Hoffer talk about their roles on the prom committee and what affects it has on the students to have a mock demonstration of a DUI crash.

Julie Shepherd from Dusan talks about what it’s like to perform a mock DUI crash and why it’s so important to teach the students these important lessons.

Ben Blakley, DuBois fire chief, talks about how mock accidents help show students the real consequences of poor choices. Although this mock car crash was obviously fake, there are many more real crashes that unfortunately happen under similar circumstances.