OTTAWA - Homecoming should be a fun time in your life, not fatal. Over and over again, we see teens getting killed in traffic crashes at this time of year after drinking and driving or choosing to ride with people who have been drinking.

For teens, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is still .02 percent, and it is still illegal for anyone under 21 to consume alcohol. Please make your homecoming a fun time in your life, not fatal. Parents please remember to provide your teen with a safety message before they leave your house! Kathy Schroeder, Prevention Educator for Putnam County Schools encourages all to: "Have a safe homecoming, buckle up, don't drive distracted and please don't drink and drive!"

"Teens think they can handle anything. They think it is cool to drink during homecoming festivities, and not cool to wear a safety belt. Teens also don't think anything of texting or talking to a friend while driving. Distracted Driving can kill! What they don't realize is that it wouldn't be cool to end up in jail or a morgue."

The Safe Communities program was developed through the Ohio Department of Public Safety to establish and/or expand community partnerships to create safer, healthier communities throughout Ohio. Teens, parents, and community residents all need to remember the importance of using good sense when driving on the highways. Wear a seat belt, don't drink and drive and remember districted driving can kill, so don't text or talk on a cell phone while driving!