Graduation from high school or college is a time to celebrate! Starting the week of May 25, high school students across Wisconsin will be commemorating the important milestone of graduation and moving from one phase of life to another. Parties will pop up and teens will be tempted to celebrate with a few drinks.
Although teen drunk driving is down, car crashes are still the leading cause of death for 16-19-year-olds. About 1/3 of all crashes are alcohol related. Even when a parent trusts her teenager to make smart decisions, controlling the irresponsible decisions of others is impossible. For these reasons, graduation season can be deadly.
According to USA Today, teen drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08% are 32 times more likely to die in a single vehicle crash. While your own child may not drink and drive, the roads can be deadly during graduation season due to the irresponsibility of others who may drink and then get behind the wheel of a 2,000-lb. speeding car.
To learn more, be sure to download a free Drinking and Driving handbook from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. A little research will go a long way to keeping your own teen safe on the road not just during graduation season, but every day of the year.
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