The Baltimore County Office of Substance Abuse has teamed up with the Hotel and Motel Association of Greater Baltimore to keep teen-agers from renting blocks of rooms for post-prom parties.
The association, which represents about 90 percent of the hotels
in the Baltimore metropolitan area, sent a letter to members as well as non-members last week asking them not to rent blocks of rooms to high school students during prom season.
The letter quoted Michael Gimbel, director of the county office, who told the association that "allowing hotel-based parties would be sanctioning any alcohol-related behavior these students would act out."
After-prom hotel room parties have become popular among students who consider it a safe way to drink without having to drive home, Mr. Gimbel said.