People aged 18-23 are most at risk for traffic fatalities

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As many of us know, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be extremely dangerous for people traveling by car. Police departments across Texas have stepped up patrols to reduce impaired driving, or at least stop impaired drivers before they cause an accident.

This crackdown is in direct response to the uncharacteristically high number of DWI arrests and traffic deaths during the 2017 holiday season.

People aged 18-23 face highest risk of traffic fatalities

Taking a closer look at the Texas Department of Transportation statistics shows that people aged 18-23 face the highest risk of a DUI related fatality. This seems like a good time to remind parents of the main causes of teenage driving deaths. Any parent knows that, once their child turns 18, any sense of control goes out the window, but having informed conversations about risky behavior may help.

  • Seat belts| Impress the importance of seat-belts.
  • Sober Drivers| Consider crediting their Uber or Lyft account so they don’t get in an unsafe situation.
  • Limiting distractions| It bears repeating that having your eyes anywhere but the road puts you, your passengers, any others on the road, in great harm.

The reality of the situation is, your teenager is going to be out on the roads at the most dangerous times of day. That, paired with inexperience and susceptibility for distraction, you have every reason to be worried. Having a conversation with your child about the dangers this time of year and their being in the highest risk category for people on the road may make a difference.

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