5 Rules to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe This Prom Season

by Staff | April 30th, 2014

Prom night is often one of the most memorable times of a young person’s life. But these memories can turn into nightmares for local teens and their families when Indiana drunk driving accidents happen.

Studies show that prom season correlates with a rise in the number of drunk driving accidents that involve teenagers, which is why juniors and seniors at Sullivan High School participated in a mock crash scene on Friday.

According to WTHITV 10 News, the mock crash involved three vehicles and 13 victims. The scenario involved one vehicle on its way to prom with a driver who was texting. Another vehicle, operated by a drunk driver on their way to the prom, caused a collision with a third car, which the distracted driver then struck. Half of those involved did not survive the crash, showing students just how quickly life can be snatched away because of poor decisions behind the wheel.

The event leaves many parents wondering what else they can do to keep their teen drivers safe on prom night. The Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that talking to your young driver about the dangers of the road is one of the best precautions that can be taken. It may also help to establish a set of rules of the road for a teen that should include:

  1. Always buckling up.
  2. Always obeying the speed limit.
  3. Never texting and driving.
  4. Never carrying too many passengers.
  5. Never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

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