Statistics have shown that drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 are most at-risk for drunk driving. While this is true, it doesn’t mean other age groups aren’t at risk.
In fact, teens (between 16 and 20) are involved in 15% of alcohol-related fatal accidents. This is a sobering statistic and one that parents should take to heart. While there is no 100% effective way to keep your teen from drinking and driving, there are steps you can take to reduce the chance they do.
Talk to your teen
If you never discuss drinking and driving, your teen may not think you have a problem with it. However, as a parent, you must educate them on the importance of not doing this. Not only will they put their lives at risk, but the lives of other people in their vehicle and other people on the road.
Additionally, Pennsylvania has strict laws related to teenage drinking and driving. If they are caught and charged with DUI, the consequences can impact their lives for many years. It’s just not worth the risk.
Let them know they have options
If your teen is going to go out drinking, even though you should discourage this, let them know they have options besides getting behind the wheel. For example, they can call you for a ride or spend the night where they are. You can also have them keep some money in their wallet to call a rideshare service for a ride home.
Helping your child protect their life and freedom
DUI charges are serious, even for minors. It’s important that you take steps to educate your child about the potential consequences of this charge. If your child is charged with DUI, it’s important to know what rights they have and take steps to reduce the potential penalties they will face.