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Key Tips for Safer Driving

By: Shelby Bailey, YSB Diversion Specialist and
Gina Johnson, YSB Chemical Health Prevention Specialist

 

Whether digging for your phone that fell between the seats, changing the radio station, or eating breakfast on your way to work, at some point in time, almost all of us have been guilty for distracted driving.

“Distracted driving” includes: anytime your mind and eyes are not on the road.

According to TeenSafe, 25% of motor vehicle crash fatalities are due to distracted driving and is responsible for 58% of crashes involving teens.  TeenSafe also reports that teens ages 16-19 are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash than any other age group.  

With teens being at such a high risk while driving, it’s important to understand what it is they are distracted by and how we can encourage them to make the pledge to drive safe:

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A Substance Free Summer: tips for helping your teens

By: Ashely Rome, B.A., LADC
YSB Chemical Health Specialist, District #622

Summertime and the end of school often bring excitement, freedom, sun, and adventure. With freedom, often comes less adult supervision.  While youth should be encouraged to have fun during school break, summertime can also mean an increased likelihood of exposure to the dangers of substance abuse.

Multiple studies show that on an average summer day, about 11,000 youth will take their first drink of alcohol and 4,500 will smoke cigarettes for the first time. This is in large part due to less structure, as well as substances being readily available to youth at home.  Alcohol, as well as prescription medications are easily used by teens when they are not locked up or monitored.

With the beginning of summer upon us, now is the perfect time to speak with your youth about the negative effects of alcohol and drug use.  While it’s not possible to be with your teen at all times, you can help them by providing them with education and tools to make positive decisions:

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