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Police to parents: Now's the time to prep students for a safe graduation night

Police to parents: Now's the time to prep students for a safe graduation night

RICHLAND, Wash. — If your student is preparing to graduate, Richland police want you to talk to your kids about what to expect on graduation night.

Police Lieutenant Chris Lee said accidents involving underage drinking haven't increased in Richland for at least the last three years, but they don't want this to be the year it does.

He said graduating seniors tend to feel invincible and might try something they wouldn't normally do.

That's why he said right now, before the parties start, is the best time to talk to your children about driving if they're in any way impaired.

“Make sure that they celebrate responsibly, and have a great time so that they can continue on with their summer and their adventures," Lee said. "Whether that leads them to college in the fall, or wherever they’re going on to, we want to get them there, and we want to get them there safely.”

Lee said any kid of impairment is too much for driving, and to warn your soon-to-be graduate against leaving any drink unattended.

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