School police chief offers prom safety tips

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SBCISD logoSan Benito CISD Police Chief Santiago R. Garcia has a little advice for high school students attending prom: be safe.

In anticipation of the San Benito High School Prom, scheduled for Saturday, May 11, at Rancho Viejo, Garcia provided a number of tips on how to avoid disaster.

Specifically, Garcia stressed that prom attendees keep an eye on their date or driver to ensure they do not consume alcohol, which slows reaction time and impairs vision, clear thinking, judgment and coordination.

In addition, the school district police chief reminded that there are often more cases of drunk drivers on the roads during the weekend and stressed to be aware of oncoming motorists as impaired drivers tend to drive toward lights.

It’s also important, according to Garcia, to know where you’re going before prom night and to prepare directions in advance.

Also, and to be safe, it’s encouraged that drivers wait a second before pulling into the intersection once a red light turns green. It’s further encouraged that drivers travel on well-lit roads and to carry a phone, not to mention keeping the stereo volume to a minimum to ensure concentration and focus.

In a pamphlet the San Benito CISD Police Department is circulating, these tips and more are being provided to teens and parents, including reminders that alcohol is illegal for persons under the age of 21 and that underage drinking is illegal and can result in arrest, injury or worse. It’s also of importance that prom attendees not accept any drinks from someone they do not know and to discard drinks if left unattended.

Remember to contact your parents if plans change.

In the event of an emergency dial 9-1-1.

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