This is the time for proms, graduations and end of the school year parties.
The OPP has a few safety tips for parents and teens and anyone hosting parties.
1. No drinking or drugs: Parents and teens should receive a firm warning from the host that the party will end immediately if there is any hint of substance abuse. If you are the parent, state that you are prepared to call other parents and/or the police if this occurs. Make it clear that the host of the party can be held civilly liable for the actions of those in attendance.
2. No impaired driving: Did you know that the law holds party hosts civilly responsible for any collisions and injuries involving impaired driving by a guest as a result of alcohol consumed at a party in their home? If you are hosting an event, make sure all invitees know well in advance that there will be absolutely NO drinking and driving.
3. Riding in a vehicle with an alcohol or drug impaired driver: When invited to a party, make sure you arrive and leave safely. If your driver indulges during the party, ask a sober driver or call a cab to get you home safe and sound. Also, take responsibility to prevent an impaired teen from driving home alone or with others in the vehicle.
4. Parties in restaurants and clubs: If you are invited to a party in a hotel, restaurant, or private club, check with your parents before you decide to attend. Often times when teens choose these locations, the intent is to drink illegally without parental supervision.