Police offer graduation celebration safety tips

May 28, 2014 at 12:28 a.m.

The end of the school year is approaching, and many teens will be attending graduation parties during the coming weeks. The Victoria Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is offering tips about how teens can remain safe during graduation celebrations.

Graduation safety tips:

•  Parents should be aware of where their teens are going, how they are getting there, when they are returning and whom they will be with. Teenagers sometimes need guidance, so asking these questions is not an invasion of privacy; it is good parenting.

•  Have a good way to contact your teenager while they are out. Going out is a privilege they earn by showing that they can be trusted. You do not need to check up on them every minute but know that you can find them if you need to.

•  Offer to host a party for your child. In your home, you can control what goes on, how many attend, the noise level and many other things that a good parent would worry about.

•  If you are going to allow your son or daughter to host a party, be there. Providing alcohol to any minor who attends the party is a violation of law even if the child's parent gives consent. You could be held responsible for any damages or injuries that occur as a result of teen drinking.

•  If you live near others, keep the parties inside and the noise to a minimum. While your teenagers may be out of school for various reasons, many of your neighbors may have to work the next morning. Keeping the noise level down will not only prevent a visit from your local law enforcement but it is also what a good neighbor would do.

Parents are urged to speak with their teens about the dangers of auto accidents, drunken driving, underage drinking and distracted driving.

For more information, contact the Victoria Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 361-485-3808 or stop by the office in the Victoria Mall.



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