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Fighting Drunk Driving
Fighting Drunk Driving
According to recent studies, forty percent of people killed in automobile crashes died in an alcohol related crash. Since 1982, the total number of alcohol related traffic fatalities has decreased by 34 percent. While our society may be on the right track with increased awareness among people who drink, we still need to realize that the repeat offenders drive drunk anyway. Some of these hardcore drinkers are among the most dangerous drivers on our roads.
The following tips can help parents understand the importance of opening the dialogue with their teens, including the dangers of drinking and driving. One of the best ways to get young people’s attention is to use their peers. An example is to find someone around their age group; say high school to freshmen college age. Let that person share their story of how they became permanently disabled or hurt from another driver after having a few drinks. Most people listen when they see someone with permanent damage done to their body or life.
After this, continue to make an impact by talking about their story. Ask the child how they felt after hearing the story. Then follow that with discussions on how to prevent some of the negative outcomes or decisions made by drinking and driving. The overall aim of this article is to provide young people with additional perspectives and tools that may help them during those times of peer pressure. The idea of, should I drink and drive – has got to be addressed. The idea that nothing will happen couldn’t be further from the truth. We must help our teens see that the responsible thing to do if to designate a driver, call a taxi, or even a parent before getting behind the wheel of a car. This is a well written story on fighting drunk driving.
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