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Graduation and summer herald start of teen drunk driving season

Across New York State, as well as the rest of the country, teenagers are now celebrating their newfound freedom as school ends. Many have just graduated from high school and are preparing for a fun summer vacation before going off to college or jobs. Tragically, some of them will not make it that far, as graduation celebrations and summer get-togethers mark one of the most notorious times of the year for teenage drunk driving. At Bendall & Mednick, we understand the heartache that families face if they have a teenager who is injured or killed by a drunk driver.

Statistics provided by USA Today point out that car accidents are the top cause of teen fatality in the country. Out of all fatal crashes involving teenagers, approximately one third involve alcohol. As it is well-known that many teenagers socialize with alcohol, it comes as no surprise that something as monumental as graduation could involve drinking and driving. Even those who refrain from drinking while out with their friends can become drunk driving victims. They may accept a ride from a friend who had been drinking, or they could be hit by another teenage drunk driver.

How can you lessen the chances of your children getting into a drunk driving crash? One way is to start having conversations about safe driving habits before they are old enough to drive. When your teen is ready to get his or her driving permit, you can set rules and limits about speeding, drinking and other dangerous driving behaviors. Finally, it may be a wise idea to let teenagers know that you will always give them a safe ride home if no sober driver is available, no questions asked.

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