Like me you are probably attending lots of graduation parties. (Actually I hope you were able to avoid the Palace yesterday where the traffic was very heavy due to all of the graduations that started at 9 in the morning until 9 at night.) It is fun watching young people you know and love start out on a new path in life. I also know that it is a very dangerous time for young people. Unfortunately they sometimes forget to use good judgement in all the excitement. We still need to think ahead and try to keep them safe. I found some good information from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving):
Summer is here. That means that the kids are out of school and summer vacation plans are in full gear. It also means that the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers have begun.
In 2009, about 3,000 teens in the United States aged 15–19 were killed and more than 350,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor-vehicle crashes. Nine of the 10 deadliest days for youth on our nation’s highways were between the months of May and August.
Parents can help keep their teen safe by setting rules and enforcing them.
- No drinking alcohol. (For more information on talking with teens about underage drinking, check out MADD’s Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence™ program.
- Insist on seat belts at all times and in all seating positions. Low seat belt use is one of the primary reasons that teen driver and passenger fatality and injury rates remain high.
- Ban the use of all electronic devices, including cell phones.
- Limit nighttime driving and control the number of teenage passengers in the vehicle while they are driving.