Losing a loved one or a friend due to drinking and driving is tragic, but it’s even more so when you’re a teenager and you were involved in the crash or responsible for it because you choose to drink and drive. Instead of spending time with your friends and deciding what you’ll do with your life as you grow up, you spend your time regretting the choice you made or the circumstances of the situation, and you live with that regret forever.
In high schools all across Canada, plans are being made for proms and graduation events. Unfortunately these are the types of events where drunk driving crashes are even more likely, and according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), road crashes are the number one cause of death for young people in Canada. 55% of those crashes are due to alcohol.
If you want to share a reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving with your teen before prom, graduation, or before they head out the door with friends, this public service announcement is a good reminder of what can happen when young people make the choice to drink and drive.
For parents who are concerned about their teen being involved in an alcohol-related crash, there are options to take the choice to drink and drive away from them. Voluntary ignition interlock programs are available in Canada, and by installing one in your teen’s vehicle or a vehicle your teen drives, you can prevent them from even starting the car after drinking.
It’s scary to think of how many drinking and driving crashes involve teens, and even scarier to think that special events like proms, graduations, or even a casual weekend night out could result in an officer showing up at your door. For more information on how to talk with your teen about the dangers of drinking and driving, take a look at MADD’s Youth In Canada page.