Keep Your Teen Driver Safe During Prom Season

Friday, April 20, 2012

With prom season underway, St. Charles is pleased to pass along this message from the Charles County Sheriff's Office Sheriff Rex Coffey about encouraging high school students to celebrate responsibly. We have a lot of great kids in our community, and we want all of them to enjoy long, happy and productive lives.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office cares about teen drivers and we are committed to keeping them safe.

With the prom season here and graduations quickly approaching, it’s time to remind our young drivers about the importance of making good choices when it comes to celebrating these wonderful events.
Overall, most of our teens are making good decisions and staying away from celebrations that could lead to impaired driving. In fact, we have been fortunate here in Charles County in that we have not had any recent alcohol or drug-related fatalities as a result of prom and graduation activities.
But now is not the time to let our guard down. As a community, we need to continue our vigilant efforts to do everything possible to prevent such tragedies from occurring.
That’s why I’m taking this opportunity to remind our merchants, hotels, vendors, restaurants, bars, night clubs, parents, and students that it is against the law for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has zero tolerance regarding impaired driving. During this season, we will have on-going saturation patrols and we will be looking for impaired drivers. And, we will respond to any reports of parties where underage drinking is reported.
We strongly encourage teens to celebrate responsibly. As graduations draw near, consider attending Project Graduation – a celebration event held locally where graduates can experience a safe, alcohol-free gathering. More information about this program is available on our website at
Please, take a minute to remind your teen drivers that life can change forever the second they operate a vehicle recklessly. Let’s work together to keep our children safe. We can make a difference.

Sheriff Rex. W. Coffey
Charles County Sheriff’s Office