According to NHTSA more than 60% of all alcohol related traffic fatalities during the weeks of prom and graduation seasons nationwide involve young people between the ages of 15 – 20 years. Impaired driving can lead to injury, death, loss of scholarships, incarceration and suspension/revocation of one’s license and fines.
Helpful tips for parents:
- Let your child know you trust them
- Insist on knowing the details of where they are going
- Set firm check-in times
- Offer to pick them up, no questions asked
- Click here to watch an important video with your teen
- Do your best to remain focused
- Driving drowsy is dangerous, if you are feeling tired, you should not be driving
- Take a pair of comfortable shoes to change into for driving; fancy high heels or bulky dress shoes that you aren’t accustomed to can make hitting the pedals difficult
Graduation is a time for you and your teen to celebrate, but before you party, take the time to talk with your teen about drinking and driving – it can save a life.
In addition to drinking and driving, accidents can happen anytime a driver is distracted, even for just a few seconds. It is critical to have heightened focus particularly at graduation time.