You have recently taken your teenager to get his license and are sharing his excitement for the newfound freedom of being able to get himself too and from school and other commitments. However, there is always the lingering concern that irresponsibility or a moment of weakness may result in dangerous errors such as the decision to drive while under the influence. At George B. Bishop, JR. P.A., we have helped many victims of drunk driving accidents in South Carolina to recover from legal consequences. 

One of the most effective things you can do to encourage your child not to drink and drive is to educate him or her. Have open discussions about the deadly consequences that result from choosing to get behind the wheel after having a drink. Reiterate your position by leading through example and following safe and responsible driving practices yourself. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several valuable methods that can be used to prevent drunk driving accidents. These include the following:

  • Interventions: You may consider looking into community resources designed to educate drivers on the direct consequences and dangers of drunk driving. 
  • School programs: There may be programs at your child’s school that are created to instruct young drivers on responsibility behind the wheel.
  • Ignition interlocks: These innovative devices can measure the alcohol content of your child’s breath and will prevent the vehicle from starting if he or she has had too much to drink. 
  • Social media: Encourage your child to be involved in advocating against drunk driving. He or she may be interested in becoming involved in a campaign that encourages young drivers to form good habits from the start. 

These resources can be used to protect your child’s safety as well as encourage responsibility from a young age. For more information about drunk driving accidents, visit our web page.