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5.02 Drivers Ed Assignment

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Transcript of 5.02 Drivers Ed Assignment

Driving under the influence is a big problem for teens.

Driving under the influence is especially a problem for teen drivers due to peer pressure and their temptation to do “rebellious” things such as drink and smoke. At this point in time, its considered almost normal for teens to do this before they even turn 21. However, when they do those things and get behind the wheel of a car, things can take a major turn for the worse. Everyone's heard the lectures before- but the statistics speak for themselves. To begin- “A recent survey revealed that 10% of high school students drove after drinking alcohol, and 22% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol" (Teen Drinking and Driving). This stat isn't much on it's own, but when you consider that drivers ages 16-20 are 17 times more likely to die in a car crash when their BAC (blood alcohol concentration) is 0.08%, rather than they had not been drinking (Underage Drinking), the idea of getting in the car with a drunk teen gets quite a bit scarier.
5.02: Safe Driving
Driving Under The Influence
Works Cited
"Empowering Teens Through Peer-to-Peer Education." SADD. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.

MADD. "MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving." MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.

"Teen Drinking and Driving." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.

"Underage Drinking." AAA DUI Justice Link. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2016.

There are people trying to stop driving under the influence.
Over the years, more than a couple groups have sprouted up attempting to help and prevent teen drinking and driving under the influence. Two prominent ones are MADD, and SADD. Though they're not partnered up, they have similar names and similar goals.
MADD is short for
M
others
A
gainst
D
runk
D
riving. They've stated that their mission is to "end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking.” They raise awareness and try to cut down the number of people getting in alcohol and drug-related accidents. They spread a good amount of internet-based information, and also advocate for passing of laws they believe will help the public when it comes to drinking and driving. They also help the victims of people who were hurt in an alcohol-related accident. Part of their strategy is panels featuring people sharing their stories (MADD- Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
SADD is short for
S
tudents
A
gainst
D
estructive
D
ecisions. They include drunk driving in things they wish to stop and/or prevent. Their mission is “...to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives.” This includes substance abuse, and drunk driving. SADD prevents underage drinking and driving, along with the rest of the things they tackle, by getting the youth involved in their campaigns. They encourage “positive peer pressure.” They hold conferences and try to raise awareness to their issues (Empowering Teens Through Peer-to-Peer Education).
But what else can be done?
What these groups are doing is only the beginning. Among what they're doing, people could also get involved in their communities more. Developing more programs that work through schools to encourage students to actively work against these problems would make a big change in the statistics for teen driving under the influence. However, a major change in the societal views of drinking, binge drinking, and drugs would be needed before an impact can be made. That's why parents should also get involved in the prevention of teen driving under the influence.
Education is the first and most important step. People need to understand how these things affect the body and how dangerous they can be.
What can I do?
It seems easy to think of other ways that other people can help spread awareness and prevent teens from driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol- but really, there are tons of things one can do.
For example- one thing even just one person could do starts on a smaller scale. Educate your friend group and other people around you. Even if it's only 4-5 people, those 4-5 people could go on and tell their 4-5 people and so on. Messages like this are also more effectively spread when the one telling you is your friend. It's more from the heart, and its more direct. They can't really avoid the message when it's their best friend telling them.
Another thing someone can do within their own community is create and distribute their own informational pamphlets and posters to inform their peers at school and at community centers, such as parks and recreational facilities.
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