In an effort to combat underage drinking, at least two Texas school districts are requiring students pass a breathalyzer before they enter prom.
The move may not be be popular with students, but parents and administrators say it is necessary to prevent a tragic incident due to underage drinking.
There is an alcohol-related car crash every twenty minutes in Texas. For teenage drivers, the consequences can be life-altering. Since Texas is home to the “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, many school districts have worked to curb what they see as a troubling trend of underage drinking.
This week, the Granbury Independent School District (southwest of Ft. Worth) voted to make breathalyzer tests mandatory to enter prom. The move follows the Prosper Independent School District, which made the same move earlier this month. Prosper is an affluent suburb of Dallas, making teen drunk driving more of a pressing issue.
This week school board officials in Granbury voted to require breathalyzers for all students attending prom next year. GISD is the most recent district to adopt the proactive approach aimed at cutting down on underage drinking at major school events.
Last month Prosper ISD announced it would breathalyze students heading to prom. In year’s past Granbury has used breathalyzers but they’ve been optional.
According to the Hood County News, about 200 students were voluntarily breathalyzed last prom, and it doesn’t seem the district has had too many problems with underage drinking before, citing a handful of intoxicated students in the last few years.
Still the district says it wants all students to be safe and alcohol-free on big nights. They will start the new protocol next year.
Here is video from WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas.
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