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Prom season: Talk to your children to prevent teenage drunk driving

The dresses, the tuxedoes, the flowers, the limousines: It’s prom season in Central Ohio and if you have teenagers, chances are you are watching them get dressed up and ready for a night on the town. You might also be wondering how to talk to them about preventing teenage drunk driving.

We’d all like to think we have raised our children well and that they would never drink and drive – or get into a car with someone who has been drinking. However, it does happen and as parents, it is our job to speak to our children about how to prevent teenage drunk driving.

It certainly isn’t an easy conversation to have, but by having an open, candid dialog with your children about how to prevent teenage drunk driving, you might save a life – and prevent heartache and a lifetime of regret.

Here are some tips on how to prevent teenage drunk driving:

Get real

If you drink and drive, or your spouse does, stop it immediately. How you use – or abuse – alcohol sets the tone for how your child will so if you need help, get it. That said, talking to your children openly about your relationship with drinking, and your family rules about it, can go a long way. This conversation can start with young children. Don’t be afraid to talk about setting limits and family rules.

A way out

One of the best things you can do for your teen is to promise you will ALWAYS be available to drive them home – no questions, no judgment, no lecture – if they are ever drunk or with a friend who is drunk. You can have a conversation about it later, but in the moment, let your teenager know you are a lifeline – and a phone call away.


It can be hard for teenagers to understand what the big deal is with a few drinks. Have an open dialog with your teenager about the consequences of drunk driving: Losing a scholarship. Being kicked off a sports team. Having a criminal record.

Schottenstein Law Offices

The legal experts at the Schottenstein Law Offices see the devastating effects of parents failing to prevent teenage drunk driving every day. If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, call us today at (614) 467-8474.