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Officials urge safety as prom season winds down

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An Upstate mom said her daughter was injured in a crash on prom night. (Courtesy: family) An Upstate mom said her daughter was injured in a crash on prom night. (Courtesy: family)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Prom night: it's among the biggest memories for high school students.  Decked out in gowns and tuxes, and celebrating on the dance floor.

But, when it comes to driving for young drivers there are added dangers because they don't have as much experience behind the wheel.

"We have proms and we have a lot of special events that are always tragic when something is ruined by a fatality," said Kent Dill, a coroner with the Greenville County Coroner's Office. 

The Coroner's Office is always pushing for safe driving. Dill said there are several factors they see that play a part in accidents.

"Speed is always our number one enemy, and then inexperienced drivers and then alcohol and drugs," said Dill. 

Because of these dangers, school districts like those in Spartanburg County have programs for the students to teach them prom safety.

"We put as many students as we can definitely targeting juniors and seniors because those are the kids that are going to be going to prom and that's the week prior to prom," said Melissa Robinette with District Five Schools of Spartanburg County. 

 She said the lessons consist of drunk driving demonstrations and this year she said the students wore drunk driving goggles. The lessons are done in conjunction with the sheriff's office and the school resource officers.

But limousines, town cars and buses are another way many kids get to the prom so they don't have to drive.

"We can provide a driver and he'll stay with them and take them where they need to go," said Charles Atchison Sr. the owner of Atchison Transportation Services Inc. 

He said many parents are worried about their kids driving to prom so their services are often used during the prom season. He said, "We do motor coaches, we do vans, we do vans we do SUVs, party buses, we do it all."

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