Prevent Drunk Driving
Just how big of a public health crisis is underage drinking? A national survey among high school students found that during just the past 30 days, one out of 10 high school students drove after drinking alcohol and more than one out of four rode with a driver who had been drinking.
Imagine being a parent who learns these statistics the hard way: with a phone call stating that his or her child has been killed in a drunk driving accident.
Thousands of other parents will deal with teenagers who emerge from drunk driving accidents alive but gravely changed — beautiful young daughters burned, athletic sons paralyzed, promising college-bound teens now struggling for words.
Drunk driving accidents injure far more than their immediate teenage victims:
Sadly, nearly 11 million young people aged 12-20 report drinking alcohol in the past month, with 19 percent of them admitting to binge drinking. With thoughts that they are not "that" drunk, that they are too scared to call their parents to get a safe ride home, or that they don't want to anger their friends by refusing to get in the car, these teenagers often hit the road — a recipe for disaster for themselves, their passengers, and any innocent motorists who get in their path.
The good news is that you can help prevent teenage drunk-driving accidents, not only by never serving alcohol to minors but by encouraging teenagers and their parents to take responsibility for their actions.
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