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Dangers teens should know about during graduation season

Graduation season is just around the corner. In the coming weeks, high school seniors across the region will celebrate their accomplishments. While they have good reason to do so, these parties may involve alcohol. With that, teens and their parents should continue to have detailed conversations about drinking and driving, especially at this time of year.  

This post will highlight some important statistics regarding drunk driving. 

Realize that you can be in a drunk driving accident – Remember that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-20. So just because you may not have been in an accident the last time you drank, there’s no guarantee that you get home safely the next time you drive while under the influence.

The type of drinks don’t matter – It doesn’t matter what type of alcohol is consumed, it is the number of drinks consumed over time. So a person could have a beer, then shots later, and then a wine cooler later on; the more alcohol that is consumed over time, the more likely a driver will be impaired.

Know the law – State and federal law prohibits drivers under the age of 21 from having any alcohol in their systems. Not only is this a crime, it could lead to civil liability in the event of an accident.

Use common sense when driving – Keep in mind that excessive speed is a factor in a majority of accidents involving teen drivers. It also makes sense to limit distractions while behind the wheel, so this means putting the phone down could save your life. 

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