In Fairfax County, Virginia(VA), more than 30 percent of high school students have illegally consumed alcohol during the past month.
While we shared a few tips on how on how parents and communit members can prevent teen drunk driving accidents, we thought we’d share five more:
- Wait up for your kids to come home. Ask about their night and look for signs of drunkenness or drinking. Be sure your child meets his or her curfew and that you know who drove them home.
- Know your kids’ friends. Knowing who your child hangs out with after school and on weekends is absolutely your business and can play a big part in keeping your child from engaging in illegal activity. It will also ensure that people you trust -- good kids -- will be around your child when you are not.
- Don’t turn a blind eye. Too many parents are in denial when it comes to their kids and drugs and alcohol. They’d rather not know how their kid got home or where they’ve been. This is a mistake.
- Teach your kid to be a responsible passenger. Half of the teens who die in drunk driving accidents aren’t driving. Does your kid know when not to get into another teen’s car or when to ask an unsafe driver to pull over and let them out?
- Set a great example. Never let your child see you drink and drive, speed, drive recklessly or drive without wearing a seat belt.
Has your teen been injured or killed by a drunk driver? Be sure you know your legal rights. Call Shapiro & Appleton& Lewis today to schedule an appointment with an experienced Virginia DUI personal injury attorney.