While many young people throughout Longwood and Orlando will be enjoying the spring break hiatus from classes, parents should be aware this is a high-risk time for youth.
Vacation may embolden young people to engage in dangerous activities, but these can have serious consequences for the rest of their lives.
A personal injury lawyer knows that many of the behaviors in which young people engage during spring break can make a car crash more likely. Parents need to know that a crash may not only hurt their child, but if others are injured or killed, parents may be responsible for covering those losses - especially if they owned the vehicle in which the crash occurred.
Preventing Motor Vehicle Collisions Over Spring Break
One of the biggest risks that teens face over spring break is the danger of getting behind the wheel drunk or getting into a car with someone who has been drinking. Alcohol plays a big role in celebrations over spring break, both for high school students and for college students. One study of young women reported by American Medical News found that as many as 83 percent said alcohol was a bigger factor in their spring break social life than alcohol normally plays in their daily activities.
Forbes also reported on other disturbing data showing that the majority of young people drink while on spring break. Among men who drink, most have an average of 18 drinks a day on spring break. Among women drinking on spring break, most have an average of 10 drinks per day. Alcohol consumption on this level is not only physically dangerous, it's well beyond what would be considered safe for operation of a motor vehicle.
Drinking is a big concern, but it is not the only concern. Teens in the Driver's Seat, a peer-to-peer education program about driving dangers, has identified five different factors that play a role in most teen driving collisions. The five factors include drunk and drugged driving; driving at night; speeding; distractions while driving; and failure to wear a seat belt.
Virtually all of these high-risk behaviors are more likely to happen over spring break. Teens tend to spend time with their friends over break, which means that they may have groups of young people in the car together. When young people drive around with other teens, this can as much as double the risk of a motor vehicle accident occurring, considering having passengers in the car is a distraction and increases risk taking. Teens who go out at night for spring break are also likely to be driving home after dark, which means that they face the added risk of a collision that goes along with night driving.
Parents need to know of the dangers that their kids face and discuss how to have a healthy and safe spring break. Parents of high school students should set strict rules for driving safety, while parents of older college students should still take action to remind their sons and daughters of how to avoid motor vehicle accidents while on vacation for spring break.
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