Teens Learning to Drive this Summer
Summer is the time when many teens begin to learn to drive for the first time. Getting a driver’s license is exciting for teens, but often terrifying for parents. Unfortunately, most teens don’t understand the full responsibility that driving a vehicle involves. They simple see driving a car as a mode of freedom from their parents. Because teens don’t often realize the seriousness with which they should treat driving, teens are at a higher risk for getting into an accident. In fact, teens aged 16-19 are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than older drivers. Luckily, there are plenty of ways for teen drivers to stay safe behind the wheel.
Reducing Risk of Accidents
One of the best ways for anyone to avoid getting into a car accident is to minimize distractions while driving. Keeping your cell phone turned off or away from temptation is a good start. Don’t put on makeup or try to eat while driving either. Another distraction many teen drivers face is from their friends. Kids are simply more prone to accidents when they have other teens in the car, making noise and blasting music. Many teen driving accidents involve speeding, so slowing down and keeping to the speed limit is important. Not to mention it will help avoid costly speeding tickets.
By far the worst car accident cases involve teens under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving. Teens are already at an increased risk of accidents because their ability to assess risk is not yet fully developed. Adding drugs or alcohol into the equation is a recipe for tragedy.
At best, these accidents result in a teen DUI. At worst, they result in severe injuries and even death. Any DUI attorney has witnessed the heartbreaking reality of a teen DUI and the damage it can cause. However, these accidents are preventable. It is so important for parents and teachers to educate teens about the harsh realities of driving under the influence. Driving under the influence is a choice, and teens need to learn how to make the choice that will save their lives.
In Case of a DUI
If your teen is involved in a DUI, one of the most important things you can do to protect your teen’s future is to work with an experienced DUI attorney. The Daniel C. Miller law office is licensed in the state of Missouri and Kansas and we serve clients all over Kansas City. We offer trusted counsel and advocacy for DUI cases in order to get the best outcome for your case.
For more information or to discuss the details of your DUI case with a DUI attorney, please call us at (816) 875-0470.