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Teenage Drinking and Driving
In this teenage drinking and driving article we cover some of the statistics of teen drunk driving, the impact parents can have on their teens' decision about drinking and driving, and how to successfully enforce rules about teenage drinking and driving.
Teenage drinking and driving causes thousands of preventable deaths every year and seriously injures thousands more people. Parents can help prevent these accidents by learning about teenage drinking and driving and taking steps to discourage their teens from driving drunk or riding with a drunk driver.
Teen drunk driving is a serious problem for the teens who are drinking, for their passengers, and for other people on the road. There are some concerning statistics about teenage drinking and driving:
Thanks to increased education and awareness, the number of incidents involving teenage drinking and driving has declined, but it is still too high for a cause of death that can be prevented.
Parents can have a big impact on teenage drinking and driving. Some things that parents can do include:
Parents who set and consistently enforce rules can reduce the chances of teenage drinking and driving. A recent study reported by MedlinePlus showed that teens were half as likely to get into an accident or speed, twice as likely to wear a seatbelt, and 71 percent less likely to drink and drive when their parents set and enforced consistent rules. When teens have to ask permission to use the car, instead of just being able to take it when they want, it also decreases that chances that they will be in an accident or drive recklessly.
Help teens understand that your rules regarding driving are not about control, but about your concerns for their safety. Involve the teens in making the rules and deciding on the consequences to help them feel more trusted and involved, and to increase the likelihood that they will follow the rules. Putting the rules and consequences in writing and signing them helps to reinforce them, but driving contracts only work if parents are consistent in enforcing the consequences outlined in the contract if the rules are broken.
SAMHSA, Family Guide, "December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month" [online]
CDC Motor Vehicle Safety, "Teen Drivers: Fact Sheet" [online]
MedlinePlus, "Firm Parents Keep Teen Drivers Safe" [online]
Federal Trade Commission, We Don't Serve Teens, "Dangers of Teen Drinking" [online]
Related Article: Underage Drinking Consequences >>