The article describes how Maine's Department of Educational and Cultural Services began a special program to help schools and communities address problems of alcohol and other drugs. In 1980, the Department began promoting all-night, chemical-free graduation parties, the initiative being called Project Graduation. This has led to great improvement in teenage fatalities during Prom nights. Similar decreases are reported around the country, in states where Project Graduation has become active. Statistics show that drivers between 16 and 20 have twice as many fatal collisions per mile as older drivers, and three times as many when alcohol is involved. Business and celebrity support for the Graduation Project is discussed. If funds are low, schools must think of creative ways to support the Project. While drinking and driving are eliminated from prom night, their elimination from other nights is also important. Prom parties should be only one of many anti-drinking and driving projects.

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  • Pagination: p. 14-17
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00608039
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 148
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1991 12:00AM