Though prom is supposed to be one of the funnest nights of high school, a group of students in Oswego, Ill. remember the night of the dance as a time when they escaped death or serious injury.
Twenty three Oswego East High School students had a Limos Alive Party Bus take them to prom on Saturday, but when the driver started driving erratically, they called their parents for help.
Richard L. Madison, the driver, was pulled over and found to be driving drunk. He was arrested by Dupage Police and charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of reckless conduct.
He is currently being held at DuPage County jail and is set to appear in court on Monday.
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Having a party bus drive teens to prom is a new trend in the ever-expanding school dance industry. A 2001 Rand Youth Poll found that teenaged girls spent around $64 billion a year on preparing for the dance, spending most of that on beauty products and dresses.
A 2012 study by Visa Inc. found that American families spend an average of $1,078 on each prom, an increase from $807 spent in 2011.
The party bus the students rented likely cost between $150 and $200 per hour.