Beginning of school prom season prompts warning from troopers

Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol say they will be watching for teenagers who are drinking and driving as area schools begin celebrating junior-senior proms.

“We want to heighten the awareness of this problem at this time of the year,” said Sgt. First Class Jason Johnson, post commander in Thomson. “There’s going to be a lot of kids on the roads. We want to make sure that they make the right decision not to drink and drive and that if they don’t, that there will be consequences.”

Those consequences include a trip to jail. Court proceedings could even draw sizable fines and probation.

If alcoholic beverages are given to underage teenagers those responsible could face criminal charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Sgt. Johnson said.

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