LETTER TO THE EDITOR - A smart and sober prom
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reports that in the United States in 1999, one person every 33 minutes was killed in an alcohol-related crash. There were 490 traffic deaths reported in Iowa in 1999; 160 of those were alcohol-related.
During the typical weekend, an average of one teenager dies each hour in a car crash and almost half of those involved alcohol. In 1998 (the latest "youth" statistics available) 1,695 young people age 15 through 19 were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the U.S.
That's too many people and too many young people!
Parents! Don't let your kids drink - next weekend or any weekend! Don't let them drink and drive! Help them learn to celebrate smart and sober. Make the 2001 prom a night you and they will always remember happily, not an anniversary you will always have to remember with a trip to the cemetery.