Homecoming celebrations for area high schools begin this weekend. The festivities give students the opportunity to get out and enjoy themselves during this time of year, joining friends, family and alumni as they cheer on their team hopefully to victory, getting dressed up and dancing the night away.
But they also should remember to do all of these things as safely as possible.
There is certain to be lots of fanfare surrounding all of these events, but precautions also must be taken.
As during any time when students are out on their own, they must make certain to be careful if they are driving. As has been documented many times, teenagers aren't as experienced at driving as many of us and might not always be concentrating as much as they should, especially if there are numerous students in the vehicle, all with the goal of having fun.
As with any student festivities, we also must warn against the possibility of drinking. There are certain to be a few extra parties and, unfortunately, there often is the possibility of some underage drinking. We warn students not to drink during homecoming, especially for high school events - it is against the law even if it's in the safety of your own home.
Students especially shouldn't drink and drive. Underage drinking is bad enough, but when you then decide to take even more of a risk by going out on the road, you are endangering yourself and others.
Whatever you decide to do to celebrate, we wish you a happy homecoming.
Have fun, but above all else, be safe.