Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. Even more, a quarter of those crashes involve an underage drunk driver. (MADD) Teen drunk driving is an epidemic and it needs to be put in the spotlight to create awareness about the severity of it.
Florida residents and parents nationwide are mourning the deaths of two teenagers involved in a drunk driving crash over the weekend. A third teenager is still in the hospital recovering. The car veered off the road and slammed into a tree just minutes after the teens posted shocking video clips to social media, according to abcactionnews.com.
In the videos, the teens are showing off bottles of alcohol and are smoking. A sister of one of the teens posted the videos to social media in hopes that they would serve as a warning for other people. Ultimately, she hopes they will save lives. The video has been shared thousands of times and the family is requesting that others continue passing on the message.
“I hope the young ones coming up will make better choices. It’s frightening. It’s terrible. It didn’t have to happen,” Beverly Stroup said. Stroup and her husband drove by the crash just minutes after it happened.
Ignition interlock devices can be critical tools to help prevent drunk driving by teens. Intoxalock Ignition Interlock offers special pricing on the voluntary installation of ignition interlock devices for young drivers 23 and under. For just under $2 a day, parents can add an additional level of safety to their child’s vehicle and can actively separate drinking from driving.
The statistics surrounding teen drunk driving are startling. About one in seven teens binge drink and it’s been proven that kids who start drinking at a young age are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash. (MADD) Intoxalock is committed to helping prevent drunk driving and ignition interlock devices can be critical to preventing teens from starting a vehicle while intoxicated. Call us today at (833) 623-0200 to learn more about protecting your teens from drinking and driving.