It's prom season, as KKCO News points out. That means that there will
be plenty of teens on the roads, late at night, possibly driving under
the influence. Apparently, U.S. Census Bureau data suggest that one in
four teenage drivers admits to drinking and driving - which really has
nothing to do with prom when you consider that drinking and driving can
take place at any time.
This prompts one mother to say, as KKCO quotes: "I worry all the time.
It's no different that it's party season or whatever; it's
a worry as a parent every time they get behind the wheel." Given
that so many young people are seriously injured or killed in motor vehicle
car accidents involving alcohol, it's little wonder why parents worry.
The organization Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) has found
that some teens don't necessarily think they're doing anything
wrong, or making a poor decision, by getting behind the wheel either drunk
or high, going so far as thinking that alcohol or marijuana doesn't
make them worse drivers.
But, according to most cops you speak to, those teens would be wrong.
KKCO quotes a state trooper: "The problem we have is they don't
realize the dangers behind it, the crashes that it causes and the crashes
that we cover on a day-to-day basis."
In Arizona, a person charged with DUI after an accident not only faces
criminal punishment, but personal injury liability as well, for the injuries
(or worse) caused to someone else because of poor driving.
1 in 4 teens admits driving under the influence