National Impaired Driving Prevention Month: How to Talk to Your Teen About the Dangers of Drunk or Drugged Driving
This December, Have a Serious Discussion with Your Kids on Road Safety
With December bringing about the highest vehicular accident rate in the United States due to holiday gatherings where liquor is served, it makes perfect sense that President Obama designated the month as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month in 2016.
Also known as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, the campaign is a time to raise public awareness of the consequences of drunk, drugged, and distracted driving.
For parents raising teens, it’s an opportunity to sit down with them to have a serious discussion about what they should not do while driving to ensure their safety and that of other people on the road.
Talking to teens about drinking and driving can be quite challenging especially since many of them are typically in their rebellious phase when they feel like doing whatever they want to do.
You need to get their attention to educate them on the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Telling them these stats should be able to help you:
- Every day, 29 people in the United States die in car crashes due to alcohol-impaired driving. That’s one death every 50 minutes.
- About one in four car crashes involves an underage drunk driver.
- Teenage drunk drivers are responsible for 17% of fatal alcohol-related crashes.
- Nearly 800 people are injured in drunk-driving crashes every day.
- Marijuana users are 25% more likely to be involved in a car crash than drivers who don’t take the substance.
To get the conversation going to ensure that you get your teen on the right track, focus on these three things:
- The question of underage drinking
Underage drinking doesn’t only break the law, but it can also put the young drinker’s life at risk. As a parent, you have to stamp your authority on your teens about underage drinking. Firmly tell them that they should never drink liquor until they’re 21 years old and have the right mindset.
Don’t forget to point out the consequences if they engage in underage drinking — both from the road accident that might happen and from the censure they’ll get from you.
- The penalties
Anyone in their right senses should be worried about the repercussions of a DUI conviction. Explain to your teen all the penalties they might face in case they get involved in drunk driving. Among these include outrageous fees that could lead to huge debts, loss of driving privileges, a permanent criminal record that could affect their future job prospects, and possible jail time.
- The back-up plan
Even if your teen consistently obeys the “no-driving-under-the-influence” rule, you should be wary of their friends. That said, let your teen know that they can always call you whenever they’re asked to get in a car with a friend who’s been drinking. Tell them that they should refuse such an invitation. No matter what time of the night or day it is, tell them that you’ll be there to pick them up.
Another Issue That Needs Your Attention
So many young lives are being lost every day due to impaired driving. Aside from this, many other youngsters face life-threatening diseases and life-limiting disabilities. Sadly, the prohibitive cost of hospitalization makes it impossible for those from low-income families to get access to proper health care and treatment.
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