A Wood county partnership aims to keep students safe during prom season

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) - Spring has sprung at Klotz Floral Design and Garden in Bowling Green. Flower flats our out, planters are stocked and the prom display is front and center at the flower shop.

"Prom season is a big season for us," Kelly Andres, assistant manager, Klotz Floral Design & Garden, said. "Usually [kids] like lots of bling. We like to embellish them as much as we can."

For the third year in a row, they're adding something extra. Thing of it as a gentle reminder for students.

"We're putting stickers on the corsages, boutonnieres for awareness for our kids and parents, so they don't drive distracted and they don't drive impaired," Sandy Wiechman, coordinator, Safe Communities of Wood County, said.

Wiechman says, in Wood county alone, more than 30% of injury crashes involved either alcohol or distractions. The goal is to reduce those statistics, not add to them, especially on prom night.

"It's the biggest time of their life and we're proud of them and happy for them and we want to do whatever we can to keep them safe," she said.

The stickers read "Don't tempt fate, the phone can wait." One thousand have been printed and will go to a handful of Wood county florists.

At Klotz's, they average about 100 corsages and around 75 boutonnieres. A big reach carry a big message.

"We want to make sure they know that they're important and need to stay safe," Andres said.

"Our kids are precious and we need them to be with us. We want them to have a good time, but we want them to be safe," Wiechman added.