The national 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,' campaign is in full force for the Labor Day Weekend holiday. Traditionally, this unofficial end to summer is a time when teens and young adults lose their lives to drinking and driving.
There are some sobering facts on TeenAlcoholAbuse.com. The number one killer of teens aged 15-20 is car accidents. One-third of the traffic deaths are alcohol-related. Teens and young adult men are more likely to be in an automobile accident while sober, but distracted. Imagine what alcohol does to the mix of several teens riding together.
Holidays are big days for teen binge drinkers. They are much less capable of handling an automobile after several drinks. When they are stopped for inability to maintain control of the vehicle, teens who have been drinking face another charge for drinking while underage. Losing a driver's license is one thing. Causing the death of a boy/girlfriend and injuring one's self is quite a different matter.
Holidays are great for getting together with family and friends and celebrating life and love. Drinking should be reserved for times when driving is not involved and never for teens. The only way to safeguard health is to say no to binge drinking.
Parents may want to consider having teens view a few of the drunk driving videos that showcase the horrendous accidents that can happen within a few seconds. It wouldn't hurt for parents to view them, as well.
The best gift anyone can give themselves this Labor Day Weekend is a holiday from alcohol and returning to school and work on Tuesday.