That was in 1994. Unfortunately, the same plague still faces today's youth. Many teens die every year from drinking and driving. What can parents do to help their children understand the real risk of drinking and driving? How can parents best educate their children as to the fatal possibilities of irresponsible drinking?
Many kids will experiment with alcohol at some point in their teen years. Usually they will go through a phase of trying alcohol without any addiction developing. But during this phase they are still at risk to the dangers of drinking and driving. They are also at risk of developing an alcohol dependency.
It is not enough to tell our children to "just say no." If only it were that easy. Kids hear that slogan all the time. "Just say no," is what kids are told to do by the media in almost any unpleasant confrontation. It is obviously, not enough.
The responsibility comes back to parents. Parents need to try to educate their children on the dangers of drinking and driving. Parents need to make a pact with their child not to drink and drive. Parents need to be on the lookout for symptoms of alcohol abuse. While no amount of the above safety measures can guarantee a child's safety, they can reduce the risks.
Many parents tell their children simply, "Don't drink and drive, it's dangerous." Words like this appear like a lecture to a teen. Instead offer real education. Spend a day at a library, find stories of kids who drank and drove and died, or killed someone else. While this isn't a pleasant topic, it's reality. Let your child read through the materials. Let him know that the dangers are real, and they can happen to any irresponsible drinker.