Resources for Teen Drinking & Driving, and Alcohol-Related Violence

July 20th, 2012 | Posted by karen in Uncategorized

Thanks to Susie Amundson for these resources!

MADD Blog: 100 Deadliest Days of Summer
Did you know the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is considered the “The 100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers? According to AAA, an average of 399 teens died in motor vehicle accidents during each of the summer months (May, June, July, August) last year in the U.S. compared to 346 teen deaths during non-summer months.

What can parents do to keep their teens safe? AAA offers these tips for parents:

  • Limit the number of passengers in a teen’s car. When two or more passengers are in the vehicle, fatal car crashes increase five-fold than when a teen drives alone.
  • Restrict night driving. The chances of teen drivers involved in fatal car crashes double at night.
  • Eliminate trips without purpose. In other words, no just “driving around.”
  • Make a parent-teen driving agreement. In writing or verbally, agree to clear rules about driving at night, passengers, access to the car, and more. And parents — enforce those rules with your teen.
  • Discuss the risks of alcohol. Talk with teens about not drinking until they are 21 and not getting in a car with someone who has been drinking.
  • Buckle Up. Be persistent with teens to wear their seatbelts at all times, no matter where they are sitting in the car.
  • Be Present. Let your teen know that you are always available to help, give a ride, or provide advice and that they will not be punished should they need your help.

To gain more information about underage drinking from MADD, link in to: http://www.madd.org/blog/archives.html?topics=underage-drinking

Study Links Violence to Take-away Alcohol
Do you think there is a direct link between the number of alcohol outlets in an area and the violence occurring there? Could that be true in your community?

Two U.S. scientists concluded from their 2010 study in Cincinnati, Ohio that the more shops (i.e., alcohol outlets, bars, restaurants) in an area, the more assaults occurred. They used a math technique to compare the density of bars, restaurants, and alcohol outlets with police records of the number of assaults that occurred in geographic areas. There was an association between the density of alcohol outlets and the density of assaults.

The strongest association with violence was connected to “off-premise outlets.” Linkages to violence were less for restaurants or bars where alcohol is consumed on the premises. The scientists shared that this was likely because in bars, there was “more social control” including management, bouncers, and bystanders that can break up a fight before it escalates there.

To read more about violence and its link to take-away alcohol, connect to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8527806.stm

Have you found articles or websites related to underage drinking, drinking and driving, or alcohol and violence? Please share!

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