Alcohol isn't just illegal for teenagers to consume—it can be deadly if they drink and drive. In fact, drunk driving is one of the most frequent causes of death among teens. Alcohol impairs most of the skills that young drivers need the most, such as their reaction time, their vision, and their judgment. What can a parent do? Being proactive can reduce the risk of underage drinking and teen drunk driving. Use the strategies below to keep your teen safe on the road.
Preventing Impaired Driving in Your Teen
Impaired driving | Royal Canadian Mounted Police
While teen drunk driving has decreased since the early 90s, it is still a problem that needs to be addressed. When it comes to drunk driving accidents, teens are involved in a large percentage. Generally this is due to their inexperience behind the wheel, an inexperience with alcohol, and a false sense of immortality. Ensuring that teens are properly educated regarding the dangers of drunk driving can lead to them making smarter choices.
By Patricia Vasylchuk. Driving impaired greatly increases the risk of a serious crash. It's why driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada.
Teenage drinking and driving is a serious issue that has led to over 1, deaths a year. Teenagers don't have much experience behind the wheel, and they are prone to drink to excess. This is often a deadly combination. Have a conversation with your teen about the dangers of drunk driving before they have the chance to get behind the wheel.