NCR DDR Facts June 2012
Topic: The 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers
Supplies for activity:
Set of car keys
Activity and Discussion:
Hold up the keys and tell the group that this is the set of keys to your brand-new car or truck. Ask a volunteer to come up front. Hand the keys to your volunteer and tell them you are giving them a new car or truck.
Explain in detail about the vehicle (color, interior, sound system, etc.). Describe a vehicle that is very appealing to the group you are speaking to.
Ask the volunteer if they are excited about their new vehicle? Ask if they will let somone drinking alcohol or taking drugs drive their new vehicle? Their response should be no and ask the reason they said no.
When you use drugs or alcohol, you loose your control.
Mention that they should not take the chance of wrecking their body or life.
Explain that when someone uses drugs or alcohol and gets behind the wheel no only does it affect them but also whoever is with them and anyone they meet on the highway. Take the opportunity to explain that drugs and alcohol are always a dangerious and sometimes deadly combination, especially if you are behind the wheel.
With annual events like proms and graduation parties, and, of course, the starts of summer vacation, teens are more likely to be on the road this time of year; but parents beware, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been labeled "The 100 Deadliest Days" for teen drivers.
According to AAA, an average of 399 teens died in traffic crashes during each of the summer months (May-August), compared to a monthly average of 346 teen deaths during non-summer months. The seven most dangerous days on the road for teens during summer are May 20, May 23, June 10, July 4, July 9, Aug. 8 and Aug. 14.
Squadrons should have a discussion on how teens can be safe during the dangerous months and year round.
Seniors - Be there. Make sure your cadets knows that if they need help, advice or a ride, they can call there parents or you at any time. Extend this offer often and let cadets know that parents and you are available, and that they will not be judged or punished should they need your help.
- Talk about alcohol. Talk with you teens about not drinking alcohol until they are 21 and never get in the car with someone who has been drinking.
- Buckle up. Insist on seat belts at all times and in all seating positions. Low seat belt use is one of the primary reasons that teen driver and passenger fatality and injury rates remain high.
Note - information from MADD and Drug and Alcohol Attention Grabber.