MAY
05
2015
Our Ridgeland car accident lawyers encourage parents to talk to their graduating teens about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Teenagers in towns across Mississippi including Ridgeland and McComb are getting psyched about the end of the school year and upcoming high school graduations.

Graduation marks a milestone in a young person’s life and is cause for celebration. Too often high school students celebrate the end of the school year with a night of partying that includes drinking alcohol. That can be a mistake with lifelong consequences.

With the approach of graduation season and summer, now is a good time for parents to have a frank discussion with their teen drivers about drinking and driving. Having some drinks on graduation night may sound like fun, but it could lead a Ridgeland Car Accident Lawyer that haunts people’s lives for years.

Car crashes are the main cause of death for teenagers, and 25 percent of those involve an underage drunk driver, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Underage drinking-related car crashes kill 1,900 people annually, MADD reports.

Accidents involving teen drivers increase during the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. An analysis by researchers at the American Automobile Association found that seven of the 10 deadliest days for teen drivers occur during summer months so it’s important for parents to discuss driving safety with teens.

Tips to Help Teens Avoid Dangers of Underage Drinking and Driving

Many teens are natural risk-takers and may try to impress friends with dangerous behavior. During graduation season, even teens who rarely drink are much more likely to consume alcohol.

The combination of alcohol and a bullet-proof attitude is extremely dangerous. Alcohol clouds a young person’s judgment much more readily than an adult’s, impairing their ability to determine when they’ve had too much to drink.

Here are six ideas intended to help your teen return home safely on graduation night.

  • If your teen attends an after graduation party, find out if the party has adult supervision and the address of the party.
  • Parents are the biggest influence on whether their children drink alcohol, according to MADD. Remind your teen to say “No” to alcohol and drugs. It can jeopardize their future. A college can revoke an acceptance if a teen is convicted of illegal behavior.
  • Parents should set firm ground rules about their teen driver carrying teen passengers. Accidents rates increase substantially when two more teen passengers are riding with a teen driver.
  • Discuss the dangers of talking on a phone or texting while driving.
  • Explain to your teen the dangers of getting in a car with someone who has been drinking.
  • Agree on a curfew. Being out past midnight into the early morning hours is a safety issue. A teen’s chances of being in an accident doubles at night.

Abdalla Law, PLLC encourages high school students to celebrate the accomplishment of graduation without endangering yourself or others.  Make your graduation one with positive memories that they will cherish forever.

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