According to FDOT, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the most dangerous for teen drivers, with the majority fatal accidents involving young drivers taking place in this time period every year. In fact, these summer days are so dangerous, FDOT has dubbed them the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers.
Every day, about seven teens are killed and hundreds suffer serious injuries nationwide due to car accidents, according to the CDC. While teens see getting a driver’s license as a rite of passage and a way to get freedom, getting behind the wheel is often the most dangerous thing drivers do everyday, and these motorists face additional risks when compared with other users of the road.
In Hallandale Beach and across Florida, teens are not allowed to drink and drive. Many parents assume their children are safe, but studies show that teens drink far more often than adults may assume, a habit that can lead to serious car collisions and injuries.
Here are the facts: Florida, where the legal drinking age is 21, has a zero tolerance policy for teen DUIs. If a motorist under the age of 21 has a blood alcohol level of at least 0.02, they face immediate license suspension for six months. A second DUI results in a twelve-month suspension. Refusal to submit to a urine, blood, or breath test for alcohol carries at least a year-long suspension and an 18-month suspension for a second offence.
Teen drivers in Dania Beach are excited to hit the road and experience freedom, but these motorists face some additional challenges when it comes to safety. Since they may still be perfecting their driving skills, young drivers can make mistakes which lead to crashes. Younger drivers are also statistically more likely to take risks when compared with older motorists, and risk-taking can also lead to collisions.
Young drivers are often safe drivers. Their training is still fresh in their minds and they are still learning so most drivers who are younger are taking driving seriously. That said, they also have less experience than more seasoned motorists and younger drivers may face more peer pressure from their similarly aged passengers. There are five ways you can help your teen avoid car accidents and traffic collisions in Hollywood and in surrounding areas:
If your children are under the age of 21 and cannot legally purchase or drink alcohol, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about drunk driving. Underage drunk driving accidents in Homestead, Hollywood, Miami, and other Florida communities, unfortunately, are all too common. Many parents assume their child would never drink while a minor, but it is in fact common practice. Children often face considerable pressure from their peers and many start drinking much, much earlier than parents realize.
In addition, children may get into a car with older friends or friends’ siblings, who may be under the influence. Some children who are injured in drunk driving accidents involving an inebriated and underage driver are not always the ones who are drinking. In some cases, they are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time but may still pay a price in serious injuries.
Every July 4 weekend, police in Miami, Homestead, and other cities try to prevent drunk driving accidents. Unfortunately, the holiday weekend means more people are drinking and some of these revelers are making the choice to drive home after drinking.
Don’t let this be you. Keep in mind that many private parties and many public festivities will be serving alcohol. Despite this, there are several ways to avoid DUI accidents in Miami and your community:
Many parents don’t want to consider that their children drink alcohol, but statistics show the majority of high school graduates will have tried alcohol at least once and will have been intoxicated at least once – well before their 21st birthday.
No matter what your personal opinions about underage drinking, the reality is that during the holiday season underage drinking may be an especially considerable problem. Teenagers may be spending time with friends or heading to holiday events where alcohol will be served. It can be difficult to think about this or talk about it with your family, but it’s an important topic. Underage drinking is a danger to your family for two main reasons:
- It can lead to serious health concerns, including a dependence on alcohol or even alcohol poisoning
- It can lead to drunk driving accidents
Now that summer is coming to a close, many people are having end-of-summer parties. In many cases, these parties involve barbecue and alcohol. Whether you are throwing a party yourself or attending someone else’s event, make sure that you stay safe. Here’s how:
Summer is a time for enjoying the beautiful Florida weather, experiencing the many festivals South Florida has to offer, and enjoying the sunshine. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents in Hollywood and South Florida often increase during this time of year. As more people take vacation time and host celebrations, alcohol often becomes part of the equation. When drivers decide not to drink responsibly, the effects can be devastating.
How can you keep yourself and your family safe this summer? There are several ways to make the summer of 2015 not only fun but safe for everyone you love: