It’s not hard to believe teens are involved in a lot of motor vehicle crashes. If you’ve ever watched a teen peel out of a parking lot, hit high speeds, or drive erratically, you know that these young, inexperienced drivers are much more likely to crash their cars. But did you know that out of all of these crashes, over half of them involve drugs or alcohol? Underage drinking and driving is claiming a lot of lives, but teens are still getting behind the wheel impaired.
Why do teens drink or take drugs and drive? Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) believes it’s because they feel invincible, and they just don’t think the consequences of underage drinking and driving apply to them. If they decide to drive after drinking once or twice and nothing happens, that positive reinforcement also gives them all the more reason to drink and drive again.
This attitude is just one reason why MADD has come out with a video they’re sharing with high schools. It’s called 24 Hours, and its on tour right now across Canada. The story of three friends who are going to a party, they talk about what they’d do if they only had 24 Hours To Live. Take a look at the video trailer below.
Because teens spend a lot of time watching videos for news, trends, and more, 24 Hours To Live has the potential to make a huge impact on this age group.
When you’re young you feel as though you have your entire life ahead of you, and that’s why it’s so devastating when a teen dies in an underage drinking and driving crash. You can educate your teens and the teens in your local community by requesting MADD’s 24 Hours To Live video. Share with them that they are just as vulnerable to a crash and show them the true consequences of drinking and driving: you just may save a life.