Given all the publicity and education on the dangers of drunk driving, it’s kind of shocking that some teens are still getting behind the wheel drunk. Maybe they don’t think that a few drinks will affect them, or they have that feeling of invincibility teens so often have and they don’t believe anything could happen to them or their friends.
But recent drunk driving crash statistics tell otherwise, and drunk driving is still one of the leading causes of death for teens. If teens know this and they’ve heard over and over again how dangerous drunk driving is, why do they decide to drink and drive or get in the car with someone who has?
It might be because they’re getting these messages from adults, or they’ve never lost anyone to drunk driving. That’s why teens could really benefit from hearing a drunk driving tale from another teen, and Manitoba’s Megan Prince has a tragic story to share.
She was out with three other friends when she decided to get in a car with someone she knew was drunk. It was six am, and she just wanted to go home. The car she was in smashed into a concrete barrier, flipped over, and burst into flames. Two passerby were able to pull out Prince, but her three friends died in the crash.
Prince spent 8 days in a coma and several months in rehabilitation before she could get out of her wheel chair and walk, and now that she’s on the road to recovery, she wants to warn other teens not to drink and drive.
Recent statistics from Manitoba Public Insurance show that there were over 23,000 traffic crashes involving Manitoba’s teenage drivers between 2010 and 2014. While not all those crashes were due to drunk driving, that’s a staggering number of teens injured or killed behind the wheel of a vehicle. Megan Prince was fortunate enough to walk away from her crash, and hopefully her story will be enough to stop another teen who doesn’t understand the dangers of drunk driving.