Drunk/Drug Driving Awareness Month
I must admit I had no idea that December was Drunk/Drug Driving Awareness Month. I was online looking for blog ideas for the month and I stumbled across this tidbit of information. I am no stranger to the occasional glass of wine; however, I can say that once that wine touches my lips, driving is no longer an option. If only this was still the case for so many others.
One of the main delusions that many people have is that drunk/drug driving is only performed by irresponsible teens. This is so far from the truth. Adults can be added to this equation just as well. As much as adults would like to think that it is all juveniles, it certainly is not. As adults, we need to take responsibility for our actions too.
The younger generation is emulating our behavior. If we perform stupid, irrational, or dangerous acts; what do we expect them to do? So, why not show them more responsible behavior to emulate. As adults, we can also be teachers. Teachers with a mission; to teach the younger generation how to grow into responsible and mature adults. It can be done!
Adults can start by teaching responsibility and setting reasonable restrictions on their teens. No, this does not mean that the rules must be so strict or restrictive that no fun can be had. Simply make certain that everyone is aware of the responsibility at hand. Make them aware of the added responsibility of having friends in the car with them. Ensuring everyone has a seat belt on, there are no open containers, and the driver is free of both alcohol and/or drugs.
For example, when my son started driving there was a rule of only one friend in the car at a time for the first six months of driving. This way it eliminated the urge to drive around in a packed car of friends to become overwhelmed or stressed. Also, we had the ‘sunset rule’. He had to have that car in the driveway by the time the sun set. This was added protection that made everyone feel a little more secure.
Above all else, open dialogue is crucial. Be open to your teens [or any teen for that matter] who asks you about drugs/drinking. Be honest with them, answer their questions, and let them talk. You may very well be surprised at what they share with you when they do not feel intimidated.
Until Next Time,
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