Dealing with Back to School…

Going back to school means being back to juggling homework, after-school sports and clubs, spending time with friends, and somehow still finding time for fun… Don’t let anxiety or social pressure push you to engage in risky behaviors, like drug or alcohol use. Risky behavior can not only put you in danger, but also your friends and others around you… When you’re out at a party, the homecoming dance, a sports game, or even just hanging with your friends, remember that your actions can have devastating consequences and can change your life and the lives of others in an instant…

Do you know the dangers of impaired and distracted driving?

Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens, taking about 3,000 young lives every year. As a teen, you are 3X more likely to be in a fatal crash than a more experienced driver. Any impairment behind the wheel (by alcohol, drugs, texting, or other distractions) greatly increases the risk.

Depending on how they interact with the brain, drugs can influence someone’s ability to drive in different ways. For example, marijuana can slow reaction time, impair judgment of time and distance, and decrease motor coordination. Drivers who have used cocaine or methamphetamines can be aggressive and reckless when driving. Certain kinds of sedatives, called benzodiazepines, can cause dizziness and drowsiness, which can lead to car crashes.

Alcohol impairment is just as dangerous. Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher. Young drivers (ages 16-20) are 17 times more likely to die in a crash when they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% than when they have not been drinking at all.

Distractions behind the wheel (like texting) are also a huge concern. Every day, 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. Even drivers looking out the windshield can miss seeing up to 50% of what’s around them when talking on a cell phone.

Sources: NSC, NHTSA, CDC, & NIH

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