Thousands of teenagers die in the U.S. every year from car accidents, and hundreds of thousands are treated every year for car accident-related injuries. This statistic, if you really think about it, is not surprising, considering teenage impulsiveness, peer pressure, and less experience driving behind the wheel. Teenagers tend to think that they are invincible, and this mentality is coupled with common behavior of high school and young college students, which includes hanging out with friends, staying out late, partying, and drinking underage. Teens also have less experience and knowledge with drinking alcohol and knowing their limits, as well as driving, which can exacerbate the issues of poor decision making, and not fully understanding the consequences of their actions. On this page, I will discuss ways to prevent and avoid teenage drunk driving.
Preventing Teenage Drunk Driving
Because teenagers are so at risk for getting DUIs and getting into alcohol related car accidents, it is important to keep in mind ways that we can prevent against teenage drunk driving. There are several things that parents can do to combat the risks of teenage drunk driving and the devastating consequences that can result.
First, parents should never encourage their teenager to drink alcohol or serve their teen or any minor alcohol. Some parents believe that it is safe for their teen to drink at home or in the presence of adults. However, this could lead to teens believing that it is okay to then start drinking outside the home, and encouraging other teens to drink as well. You should also tell your teen that they can always call you or get a ride from you if they do drink or feel that they are in trouble and cannot safely drive themselves.
You should not drink and drive in the presence of your teenager or allow them to ride with someone who has been drinking. Even though parents and adults know their limits, and are able to have a drink and drive perfectly fine, this sets a poor example, and comes across to the teenager that it is okay to drink and then drive.
Setting up an alliance with your teenager’s friend’s parents to prevent against drinking in each other’s homes, or having unsupervised parties is a good idea. It will not only help all the parents feel more at ease, but will help prevent against situations where teens are drinking and then driving home after. Preventing against available outlets for teens to drink avoids a huge risk for teens to be able to drink and then drive after.
Furthermore, it is also a good idea to organize rides for prom and other events with the other parents. Setting up an Uber, or a sober driver, or a limousine is the best way to prevent against your teen driving, or getting in the car with another teen, who may have been drinking.
If you or your teenager has been charged with a DUI in Connecticut, call our office to speak with someone who can answer your questions and advise you on the best course of action to take.