The months of April and May can be especially dangerous for teens as prom season gets fully underway.
In response, Illinois State Police District 16 troopers will be upping their patrols in an effort to keep teens safe. Troopers will conduct details focusing on underage drinking, speeding, seat belt violations, and distracted driving.
According to ISP Commander Todd Rohlwing, one-third of alcohol-related traffic fatalities involving teenagers every year occur in April and May. Teens are encouraged to remember that the drivers themselves are not the only ones affected by the decision to drink and get behind the wheel.
Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia stressed, "If they drink and drive and have a tragedy, it is going to affect their family forever if they die. If they don't die, just the injuries that they could sustain, they will be a different person for the rest of their life."
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