One of the most groups of drivers who are at a high risk on the road are teens between 16 and 19 years old. During proms, dances, and holiday parties, young people choose to drink at these events and then get behind the wheel.
Atlanta is a major city in Georgia which has wide roads and highways. That’s why teens become confident in driving while under the influence of alcohol. Teen drunk driving can only lead to car crashes, drunk driving injuries, or even death.
There are still many ways to reduce the risk of drunk driving accidents by teens, and everyone should just be aware of it.
- It’s better not to drink and drive
- Never ride in a vehicle with a teen driver who drinks
- Follow the rules of the road
- Wear a seatbelt on each trip no matter how short
- For Parents:
- Understand that most teens who used to drink will get drunk
- Recognize that the risks of teen drunk driving are much more dangerous than adult drivers.
- Give teens another safe way to get home if the driver has been drinking, such as paying for a cab or picking them up.
- Be a role model for safe driving behavior.
For Health Professionals:
- Educate teens for dangerous behaviors such as driving after alcohol or drug use and riding with a driver who has been drinking or using drugs.
- Screen teens and parents about the risks of drunk driving.
- Remind the parents to be a good example as safe drivers, beginning even before their child is old enough to drive.
For the community of Atlanta:
- Raise awareness among parents and teens.
- Tighten enforcement of existing policies, like zero tolerance and minimum legal drinking age laws, and graduated driver licensing systems.
The percentage of teens who are drunk while driving has reduced by more than half since 1991, but it can still be lessen. Drinking any alcohol can significantly increase the risk of car accidents for teens. Parents and adults should guide the teens more and become a good example for them.