According to the National Highway of Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) the number of drunk driving accidents increases from 36 percent to 54 percent over the holiday season! That makes this season a great time to talk about impaired driving prevention.
Not only is it illegal to drink under the age of 21, it is also more dangerous. Teens who drink and drive and less likely to wear their seat belt and more likely to crash.
There are a few things you can do to stay safe. Keep some of these simple tips in mind:
- Understand that Zero Tolerance means just that – if you are stopped with any traceable amount of alcohol in your system, it is illegal. There is no minimum BAC for underage teens.
- If you’re relying on a ride from someone who has been drinking, find another ride. Everyone reacts to alcohol differently. If you know a friend has been drinking, assume they are unable to drive.
- Food, coffee or exercise will not reduce the amount of alcohol in your system. Only time decreases the effects of alcohol.
- If a friend has been drinking and is about to drive, speak up. Offer to drive, take the keys or call a parent.
- Most of those killed in alcohol-related crashes involving teen drivers are the young drivers themselves and their passengers.
Here are some things you can do to help spread the message:
- Download posters or make your own.
- Get materials from NHTSA.
- Download snowflakes with messaging.
- Set up a drunk goggle obstacle course during lunch.
- Borrow a pedal kart for a school wide event. Reply to this email to kind the ones closest to you.
- Look into local events, like festivals and parades, as a way to reach the community.
- Make a presentation to your local city council to let them know what actions your taking to save lives.
- Contact a speaker to present at your school. Some are listed here>