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, 8 percent drove after drinking alcohol and nearly 25 percent 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, during the past 30 days, 26.4% of underage persons (ages 12-20) used alcohol, and 17.4 percent of them participated in 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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