Talking To Your Teen About Drunk Driving Makes a Difference
Statistics indicate that in the United States more than half of teen deaths result from liquor consumption. That equates to the death of eight teen drivers every day because of alcohol intoxication. In some states, Having blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 is considered legally drunk, and increases the risk of getting in an accident by 18 times compared to driving sober.
The consequences of drinking and driving are serious. Every time a drunk driver is on the road he not only puts his or her own life in jeopardy, he puts everyone around him in jeopardy.
High schools, alarmed by the said scenario, are now acting on ways to address the matter. One way that has been found effective is stirring the consciences of teen drivers by inviting victims of drunk-driving accidents and their families to share their stories. This method generally puts emotions high. Some students even walk out because they’re unable to bear the impact these stories have on them.
Aside from programs like these organized by schools, family’s can confront the drunk driving problem and contribute to shaping teens’ perspective on alcoholism and responsible driving. EHow.com recommends parent's should start conversations in a casual tone. Letting your teenager know driving drunk is something worth discussing will create a serious mood. Then educate your teen on underage drinking. Share facts with them like, "Drunk driving is a worse killer than drugs," or "that 100,000 emergency room cases are caused by teenage drinking yearly," and hopefully these facts and your concern will put the seriousness of this problem into perspective. However, don’t forget to assure your teen that you trust his or her judgment and knowledge.
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