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Leesburg- Spring is in the air and prom season has arrived in Southwest Georgia. This weekend kicked off the start of several scheduled high school proms.

Saturday, students in Lee County danced under the stars at their Sweet Southern Night's themed prom. Many students were dressed to the nines in the latest fashion, but they say they take the responsibility of prom very seriously and so do police.

"We had a friend pass away on the way to the beach so, we've been very cautious. No drinking and driving," said Melanie Etheredge, a Lee County senior.

"It tends to increase this time of the year because the teens are getting out of school on spring break and the end of school's coming up and they're driving more and more. So, it's really a problem this time of year," said Major David Bullington of the Leesburg Police Department.

Police departments throughout Southwest Georgia say you can expect to see extra patrols for the next several weeks. They also remind students with Class D licenses that they should be home by midnight.

posted by jennifer.emert@walb.com