Statistics show that every ten minutes Mothers Against Drunk Driving help’s an individual who has been a victim of drinking and driving. It is further reported that one in five teens are binge drinkers and only one out of 100 parents know or believe their teen is partaking in binge drinking.
Educating your teen about the dangerous outcomes of drunk driving and knowing the signs to look for if your teen is drinking can help you prevent a horrifying and possibly deadly North Carolina car accident .
We encourage you to speak to your teen about the dangers of drunk driving during Teen Safe Driver Week Oct. 17 to 24 and to continue the message into the holiday season. This is the first in a three-blog series that will also touch on the dangers of drinking and driving and distracted driving among teenagers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers ages 15 to 20. Nationwide, 6,428 motorists died in accidents with teen drivers in 2008. North Carolina car accidents involving teenagers killed 250 people.
There are obvious signs to let you know if your teen may be drinking. Your teen could be drinking if you find that they been skipping school or is suddenly secretive; their grades begin to suffer; or they start using mouthwash, mints, or gum regularly. If you begin to find alcohol missing in your home or if you find alcohol hidden in their room, your teen could be drinking.
With homecoming and the holidays right around the corner, teens may find themselves in a situation where they feel peer pressure to drink. As a responsible parent there are steps you can take to prevent your teen from drinking and being involved in a drunk driving car accident. Communicate with your teen; don’t just talk to them but also listen to their concerns and ideas. Know who your teen’s friends are and where and how they spend their time together. Have rules in place and be sure your teenager understands the penalties if they are broken.
Don’t underestimate the power of your parenting. According to MADD, in 2008, the GfK Roper Youth Report conducted an online survey of kids up to the age of seventeen. Seventy-nine percent of the kids surveyed said that their parents had a significant influence in their decision to drink.
Being involved in a tragic car accident caused by a drunk driver can be a life changing experience and your rights should be protected. Contact the North Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving all of South and North Carolina, including Thomasville, Hickory, Concord and Charlotte.