It goes without saying that teenagers should not be drinking alcohol and driving. Ideally, no one should because it is dangerous, and if you drink too much, it could lead to a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.
Yet, in the case of teenagers, it is even more problematic. Firstly, they are already at a higher risk of crashing than older drivers because of their lack of experience.
Secondly, being caught drinking alcohol could lead to further charges because under 21s are not meant to drink in the first place.
You cannot guarantee your child won’t drink alcohol and drive, as you can’t know what they are doing all the time. Here are some things that could help prevent problems:
Teenagers may rebel if you order them not to do something. If, instead, you try to educate them as to why something is dangerous, they will hopefully decide not to do it for themselves. There are plenty of resources on the internet showing how alcohol impairs driving ability, and showing crash statistics.
Setting a good example
If your kids see you drink and drive, they might take away the message that it is OK for them to do it. Even if you tell them they must not, your actions may speak louder than your words.
Choosing when to lend them the car
Parties often have alcohol on offer, regardless of the attendee’s age. It can be hard for kids to resist peer pressure, so consider not lending the car for such events.
If, despite your best efforts, you still receive a call from the police saying they’ve arrested your child on a DUI charge, get legal help to understand more about defense options.