December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month – the perfect time to talk to teens about the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, such as marijuana.
Every year, drunk drivers of all ages are in about one-third of all of our country’s deadly car crashes. Not only is it illegal for teens to drink alcohol, but it adds to their already high crash risk. Teens aren’t the worst offenders – adults drive drunk more often than teens. But teens have a higher chance of crashing if they drink, even if they don’t have very much. Of course, alcohol isn’t parents’ only concern. Marijuana poses several safety issues to drivers.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse created the below infographic to help illustrate the problem. Talk to your teens about the importance of sober driving and help make our roads safer this holiday.
Additional sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, National Safety Council, National Institute on Drug Abuse