It’s bad enough when an adult drinks and drives. They have the experience, knowledge, and judgement to know that it’s illegal, dangerous, and could result in a crash killing themselves or others. It’s also a no-brainer they should accept the strict impaired driving penalties and learn from their mistakes.
But it really makes you stop and think when a teen drinks and drives. With their limited life experience, did they really know of the repercussions when they decided to get behind the wheel while impaired? Did they really have any idea of what could happen?
Two British Columbia teens are finding out the hard way that an impaired driving charge can be the least of your worries when you drink and drive. They crashed into the front yard of a house on Vancouver’s busy Southwest Marine Drive and demolished their vehicle. The passenger, a 17-year-old boy, is in critical condition with brain swelling and various fractures. The driver, an 18-year-old boy, was traveling at triple the 50km speed limit and was charged with excessive speeding. The police are also contemplating impaired driving charges. Given the state of their vehicle, they are both lucky to be alive.
Those teens weren’t the only young people in trouble for impaired driving this past week. Another set of teens including a 17-year-old male and a15 year-old passenger crashed in Vancouver. They weren’t seriously injured, but police believe drunk driving was the cause.
A charge of impaired driving is serious, and for a teen, a crash can alter the course of their lives forever. But given the events of the past week, it doesn’t seem like teens are taking the dangers of drinking and driving seriously, so it’s more important than ever for parents to talk to their teens and drive home the point that impaired driving can kill.
If you’d like to talk to your teen about the dangers of impaired driving, visit Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).