Dressed in some of the finest clothing they could find and afford, dozens and dozens of students at Thomson High School will be attending this Saturday night's Junior-Senior Prom.
Though each year offers thrills and memories, law enforcement authorities want teenagers to understand that drinking alcoholic beverages is a serious problem -- one that could have deadly consequences.
"The best advice that I can offer teenagers is not to drink and drive, because if they do, they are subject to going to jail," says Thomson Police Chief Joseph D. Nelson. "My officers are going to be watching the streets for teenage drivers, as well as adults, who have no business operating a motor vehicle."
Thomson police officers won't be the only ones watching for activity.
Deputies with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department and troopers with the Georgia State Patrol's Grovetown post also will be watching roadways closely for drunken drivers.
"We're going to keep the motoring public as safe as we can at all times," Chief Nelson said. "We don't want to see anybody get hurt. That's why we're going to be paying close attention for drivers who are impaired by alcoholic beverages or narcotics."
Chief Nelson is hopeful that parents will take heed to his advice and warn their children not to drink and drive this weekend or any other weekend.
"You're never to drive when you're intoxicated -- it doesn't matter what your age is," Chief Nelson pointed out.