Prepping Your Teen for College
to Reduce Drunk Driving
College Drunk Driving Statistics
53% of college students ages 18 to 22 drank in the past 30 days.
Over 1,500 deaths of students ages 18 to 24 are related to drinking annually.
Fatalities resulting from alcohol-related vehicular injury is the second leading cause of death among college students.
10% of college students have driven after consuming more than five drinks.
Tips for Parents to Give Teens to Prevent Drunk Driving in College
- Create a plan with your child in college to prevent drinking and driving.
- The plan could include an emergency credit card to take a cab or an Uber, a trusted adult who could pick them up in an emergency, or take public transit.
- Speak honestly about dangers and risks.
- Stay away from other students who drink and drive.
- Know your limits and understand the specific effects of alcohol on your body.
- Have fun nights in. Not all parties or fun times must involve travel.
- Many states have zero tolerance for intoxication while driving when the driver is under 21. “Buzzed” driving could be illegal, too.
- Contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
- Comply with authorities and act with respect.
- Do not admit guilt or answer questions from law enforcement without your lawyer present.
- Your lawyer can work to prove you were not guilty, seek reduce charges, argue for a more lenient punishment, disprove your likelihood to re-offend, and more, depending on the circumstances.