For many teenagers, the next few months are among the most exciting of the year -- and of their entire high school career. That's because the next sixty days-plus will not only see diplomas handed out at graduation, but also the rite of passage that is the prom. However, teens here in Colorado should be aware that the start of prom season was not only noted by school administrators, teachers and even area retailers, but also law enforcement officials.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is once again joining forces with the Colorado State Patrol and local police departments via "The Heat is On" campaign to conduct a prom season crackdown on drunk driving. Scheduled to run from April 6 through May 18, the campaign will mean more officers out on the roads and freeways during peak traffic hours for prom goers.
"Prom is a night to remember: a time that should include laughter, fun and reminiscing with friends. But when alcohol and drugs are involved, the night can quickly turn disastrous," said Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol.