Teens are going to drink. They will. I’m resigned to that because I already see my 18-year-old nephew doing it. But will they drink and drive?
Many of them will figure it’s just a few blocks to home or their dorm room and take a chance.
So parents, how bad do you want to scare them into thinking twice about drinking and driving? And, is there anything that still shocks teens?
A teenager, whose camera was rolling as her two friends died in a drunk driving crash wants other young people to see and hear the gut-wrenching video. Desaleen James, 18, was inside the car when she took the video and is the sole survivor. The video aired on CBS News shows three young women – one drunk behind the wheel – headed home from a Maryland nightclub on December 29th, 2011. It captures one of the women in the car saying, “We’re driving drunk.” (A police report confirms the driver was more than twice the legal limit for intoxication. )
The video also captured the crash and continues to roll from inside the mangled car for 21 minutes, capturing the sounds of the desperate rescue attempt. The 22-year-old driver and 19-year-old passenger were both killed. Desaleen James, 18, who videotaped the entire night, survived, suffering a broken hip. She was buckled up in the front passenger seat.
“Maybe I here to save someone else. I wouldn’t want even my worst enemy to walk in my shoes right now,” says Desaleen, who talks about how easy it was to get alcohol in a club, even at 18.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens – one out of three is alcohol related, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving statistics based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The good news is that the number of DUI fatalities has actually gone down in the U.S. in recent years. But wow, this video is painful and powerful!
Parents, check out the video. Do you think it would have any affect on your teen’s choices?
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