Contact: Tracy Whited

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office

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(DELAWARE COUNTY, OH) April 11, 2013 – Just in Delaware County alone, more than 1,000 high school students will attend prom – and after-prom parties. While it’s an exciting time in a teen’s life, it’s also the perfect time to remind them of the dangers of drinking and driving.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office takes several proactive steps to help educate and remind high school students about safe driving practices. From School Resource Officers to posters and pamphlets, Sheriff’s deputies want teens to remember the dangers of drinking, texting & driving, and reckless behavior.

Increased traffic enforcement is another way to help keep not only teens, but all drivers safe.  The number of sheriff’s deputies on the roads will increase over the next few weeks thanks to a grant through the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. Deputies will be more visible in order to deter drivers from violating traffic laws. They will look for drunk drivers, aggressive motorists, and those violating speed limits or not wearing seat belts.

Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin says “Prom is such an exciting time in a young person’s life. We want to make sure these kids understand it only takes one bad decision to ruin the rest of their – and possibly others’ – lives.”