The statistics about alcohol related deaths for minors and other risky behaviors are steep. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 5,000 people under the age of 21 die annually from underage drinking. Of those, 1,900 are related to drunk driving, and alcohol has been a facotr in crashes responsible for nearly half of all deaths of 15- to 20-year-olds during prom season. Additionally, studies have linked underage drinking to other health hazards, such as contracting a sexually transmitted disease through unprotected sex.
Many of the progams to combat this issue during the season are very simple. Schools have teens sign pledge cards that are promises to be drug and alcohol free. One school even sells daisies, representing life, to raise awareness and add romance to the actual prom. Other schools are promoting National Youth Traffic Safety Month, which encourages safe-driving projects near prom and graduation season. Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety in Georgia said "The more we do to raise awareness, the better. We lose more teens this time of year than at any other time and we are using every tool in our arsenal to keep that number low."
Prom and graduation are exciting times. Unfortunately, for many teens it is also a deadly time. These programs, which raise awareness and protect lives, are great tools in helping keep teenagers safe.If you are in need of a Myrtle Beach SC personal injury attorney, Conway lawyer Dirk Derrick at The Derrick Law Firm has been handling car accidents, personal injury, and wrongful death claims in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, and Conway SC for over 23 years. Please call 843-248-7486 today.