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School helps make prom safer with chance to win car

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Jay Wolfe Toyota is donating the 2014 Toyota Scion, a $25,000 value, to Staley High School's after prom party. A lucky student will win it. Jay Wolfe Toyota is donating the 2014 Toyota Scion, a $25,000 value, to Staley High School's after prom party. A lucky student will win it.
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Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and about a third of them are alcohol-related and happen right around the time they should be celebrating prom and graduation.

That has schools going to extreme lengths to keep teens out of harm's way and one metro mom hopes the chance of winning a car will steer teens toward making safer choices.

"I was kind of a young mom. I graduated when I was pregnant with him," said Rebecca Graham.

Graham's life changed fast after her prom night. She wants to protect her son and other students at Staley High School from taking the party too far.

"More and more you hear about students who get hotel rooms, they drink, they get in the car, they drive, they crash, they die, and it's something we want to avoid here at our school," she said.

Graham is helping organize the school's after-prom party. As incentive, teens could win a car if they attend.

Jay Wolfe Toyota is donating the 2014 Toyota Scion, a $25,000 value.

In order to win, students will roll the dice at the post-prom party. If the dice spell out new car, that student will move on to the next round to win the car.

"I'm not a big partier, but I'm really motivated to go to this," said Luke Lockhart, a senior.

Lockhart said he likes the car and the event. It's safer than what he hears his peers will be up to.

"Some of them, they do participate in illegal activities. Some things they shouldn't be doing, some dangerous things," he said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in 2005, 676 students were killed during prom and graduation in alcohol-related car wrecks.

The Olathe Fire Department has alerted teens of the dangers of driving drunk for nearly 20 years with its program Operation Prom.

"We just point out the obvious: You take this a little too far, you're going to make a bad decision and affect a lot of lives," said Capt. Bill Schneider.

"This is a great place to have fun, make memories that are going to take them somewhere in the future as opposed to remembering that someone passed away because of a car accident because they were drinking and driving," Graham said.

Staley High School's after prom event is April 26 from 11:30 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday. Students must be present to participate and win.

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