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Drunk Driving and Teens – What Parents Should Know

Published: June 25, 2018 276 8:27 pm


glass of booze next to car keys and handcuffs | Drunk Driving and Teens

Most parents believe that their teenager would never drink and drive or get into the car with a drunk driver. Unfortunately, this may not be true. According to researchers looking at drunk driving and teens at Colorado State University, one in three teenagers reported riding in the car with a drunk driver in the last year. This is troubling news for all parents of teenagers. But what can parents do to help their teen make better decisions?

Motor vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of death and injury among teens and young adults, according to statistics from the CDC. To ensure that your child is not one of those statistics, parents of teenagers should take the following precautions:

  • Educate your teenager on the devastating effects of drunk driving
  • Remind your teenager that buzzed driving is drunk driving
  • Tell your teen that you are there for them whenever they need you
  • Give your teen an easy way to call you or an Uber if they find themselves in trouble
  • Help them organize carpools or limos on large social nights like prom
  • Teach them how to use mass transit in your community
  • Model good behavior yourself
  • Never condone underage drinking
  • Set a curfew for your child and make them honor it

Factors that Increase Likelihood of Drunk Driving

According to the recent Colorado State University study, the decision to ride in a car with a drunk or impaired driver increased among those teenagers and young adults who binge drank alcohol or smoked marijuana. In addition, teenagers who attended university were less likely to get into a car with an impaired driver than their counterparts. Lastly, teenagers who lived with their parents were less likely to drive drunk or get into a car with a drunk driver than those who lived on campus or alone.

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Has Your Child Been Injured in a Car Accident with an Impaired Driver?

The Gold Law Firm LogoIf your child has been injured in an accident with an impaired driver, contacting a Colorado car accident attorney should be one of the first steps you make. Your attorney will be able to investigate all angles of the accident to clearly establish liability and protect your child’s right to compensation. Without an attorney, you may be offered a lowball settlement from the insurance company that may not be enough to pay for all your child’s medical expenses. A Denver car accident attorney at the Gold Law Firm can help you negotiate a fair settlement so you can focus on helping your child recover. Contact Gregory A. Gold of the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation by calling (303) 694-4653 or by filling out the contact form below.


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