Northeast High seniors talk no drinking and driving during prom night

Northeast High seniors talk no drinking and driving during prom night

Macon-Bibb County coroner Leon Jones talks to teens about driver safety.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Prom season is here and students at Northeast High School in Macon got a lesson, some say they'll never forget. One student thinks Thursday's presentation on drinking and driving during prom is something he and his classmates are paying close attention to. 

When it's prom time...you know it. 

Conversations are usually filled with who's wearing what, who's going with who, and where are you taking pictures.

Well a group of seniors at Northeast High had a different conversation on Thursday. One that some students say will affect their choices on prom night. 

Drinking and driving.

Macon-Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones spoke with the students on how important it is to be responsible while enjoying the festivities. 

He even showed pictures from severe vehicle accidents during his time as the county coroner. 

"Drinking and driving is very serious. In 2011, I think we had 211 fatalities that were alcohol related. 2012, we had about 180," Jones said. 

For Jamonteneze Fitzpatrick, the large number of accidents was a call to action.

"Although it may be great for us to go out and have a good time a prom, it's very imperative for us to be safe at the prom, because after prom we still have to live," Fitzpatrick said. 

He says his biggest concern is peer pressure, and he and his classmates have to take a stand. 

"It's easy for us to say it's just one drink. No matter how strong you think your mind is, you might just take that one drink, just because it's prom," he said. 

Jones added while the number is going down, there's still a lot of work that needs to be done. 

"That's still too many. Don't drink and drive, it's simple. Be safe. Have fun, wear that seatbelt. Watch the speed limit," Jones said. 

Jones actually starts talking to students about DUI when they're 8 and 9 years old. He says by the time kids are in their teens, some have already decided what decisions they'll take, and he wants get to the kids early. 

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