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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
THINK.Prom Works to Keep Students Safe
THINK.Prom is asking students to be responsible during Prom 2008. The program encourages young people to pledge to be alcohol- and drug-free not only during school proms, but also year-round.
Students are eligible to enter this year's video contest by signing the THINK.Prom pledge and entering the THINK.Prom Video Scrapbook Contest. The winning student will win $500 individually, and $1,000 for the school attended. The deadline to submit a video, focusing on being an alcohol and drug-free for this spring’s prom, is April 18, 2008.
THINK.Prom, sponsored by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nationwide) and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), aims to educate high school students to the dangers of underage alcohol usage. Alcohol is the NUMBER ONE drug problem among youth, claiming more young lives than all illicit drugs combined.
The average age of that first drink is 16. Young people must be informed and able to resist peer pressure. In 2005, the number of 15-20-year-olds killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes was 2,035. Of those, 1,387 youth ages 15-20 perished in accidents involving a 15-20-year-old alcohol-impaired driver.
To learn more about THINK.Prom and read video contest rules, visit http://www.think.madd.org/.
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