When we started Safe Sober Prom Night 30 years ago it wasn’t the cool thing to do. Today, we tell our volunteers you’ve got to be ready and stand back because we’re going to have an avalanche of students.
Every year, over 10,000 people die in drunk driving accidents in the United States. That’s an average of about 1 person per hour. And hundreds of thousands of others are injured in alcohol-related car accidents. Annually, the monetary cost of DWI car crashes rings up to a staggering $37 billion. Similar, other controlled substances, such as illegal drugs, are a factor in almost 18% of car drivers deaths.
We have come a long way since the first drunk driving laws were established as early as 1907. But clearly, drunk and impaired driving is still a major issue affecting our country today and it requires discussion.
We’re getting ready to start up our 27th year of the Safe Sober Prom Night Program, which is basically founded on the very simple principle of getting students to sign a pledge card, promising not to drink or use drugs on prom night, and in return they get a free T-shirt. It’s as simple as that.