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Alcohol awareness heightened during prom and graduation season

During Alcohol Awareness Month, Triple A and the ADACCV push for teenagers and young adults to drive safe.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley is urging teenagers and young adults to drive safely to help avoid the worst from happening as prom and graduation season is approaching.

The American Automobile Association says drunk driving has been the number one cause of death for teenagers in the United States.

During this National Alcohol Awareness Month, the ADACCV is putting on a handful of programs aimed at informing parents to keep close watch of their kids during upcoming celebrations.

"I just want to encourage parents during this month especially. Well, if it's your high school kids that they are gearing up for prom, just start that conversation, you know, plan ahead of of how can they say no when they feel unsafe in a situation," ADACCV Prevention Specialist Jennifer Flores explained. 

For those students that refuse to heed the warnings, getting caught with alcohol carries some serious consequences. 

"In Texas, If you have any detectable amount of alcohol and you're under the age of 21, you automatically can lose your license and go to jail. If you've got any alcohol at all, call your parents. Call someone you trust who you know is a sober and responsible person and get home," AAA representative David Armbruster said.  

For safe driving updates, visit the AAA website

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