“Use and lose” is not only a drinking law but a state of mind all teenagers and their parents should possess. When teenagers make the decision to not only drink, but drink and drive, they are taking the enormous chance of losing not just their license but their lives.
In the past years, our nation has worked tirelessly trying to save lives. With the new laws, 864 lives are saved each year. Although this statistic is encouraging, the amount of deaths occurring because of drinking and driving saddens me. Why do these kids feel the need to drink at all? That question should be asked and addressed; however, we as a society tend to punish instead of prevent.
Preventing drinking and driving among teenagers must start in the home. When the family life is stable and provides good role models, this is the best start to prevent young children from experimenting with alcohol. Children grow up depending on their parents for help and guidance, and these children trust that their parents will keep them safe. With this understanding, children who become teenagers idolize and imitate their much loved parents.
Parents need to take this responsibility seriously. When strong morals are demonstrated at home, children will respond accordingly. Keeping respect between parent and child will help the child to make wise choices when faced with difficult decisions such as drinking and driving.
The government is doing its best designing laws to prevent unnecessary deaths; however, the laws can only do so much. Parents need to keep trying to keep their teenagers safe from harm. Remember your children are watching your every move. Don’t encourage or allow them to use, or you will lose them forever.