- Drinking and driving is the leading cause of death for teenagers nationwide.
- The time around prom and graduation is the most common time for teen DUI fatalities.
- They say that after midnight, every tenth driver on the road is under the influence.
- Parents need to let their teens know that anytime they need a ride home because either they or their friend who is driving is intoxicated, they can call and get a ride home with no questions asked and no third degree the next day. Then parents need to keep their word.
- Parents need to keep their kids occupied and pay a lot of attention to them. Many teens say that boredom or the thought that their parents don't care what they do are reasons for drinking and doing drugs.
- Parents need to set a good example. When parents drink irresponsibly and/or buy alcohol for their teens, they are sending the wrong message.
The bottom line is that teens need to be protected. I have seen too many parents devastated by the death of a child who was a vibrant, active and an integral part of a family and community one minute then dead the next. It is a tragedy that parents, and families, never recover from.