December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. One of the hardest and most important conversations is approaching your family and talking to them about how to stay safe when dealing with drugs and alcohol.
Talking to Your Teens
It may not be the most comfortable conversation, but you need to make sure your teens understand the importance of driving sober. Stress the importance of calling home and getting a ride if they need one, and make sure they know how much better that is than to travel with someone or drive themselves intoxicated. As one of the most vulnerable groups to intoxicated driving, you need to make sure they call you before something terrible happens.
Talking To Relatives That Struggle
If you have a relative or member of your family that struggles with drugs or alcohol, try to be available to help provide transportation if they need it. Encourage them to talk with you about their use of drugs or alcohol, and be honest about your concerns. While you should also try to convince them to seek professional help, providing them with a support system to help avoid intoxication can be a big step in the right direction. It’s better to get a call late at night to pick up a relative than to see them in jail or at the hospital the next morning.
Whoever it is in your life you need to talk to, do everything you can to keep them off the road when they are drunk or intoxicated. More than 30% of all fatal car crashes are due to intoxication, and it’s only when we are all working together that the problem can be solved.