Is it really worth it? Don’t Drink and Drive

Emily Lance, Staff Reporter

Teenagers should never drink and drive on prom night or graduation night. These are exciting times in a teenager’s life, and they might feel invincible, but the truth is that driving under the influence is extremely dangerous. Alcohol impairs judgment, slows reaction times, and reduces coordination, making it difficult for anyone to drive safely. When a teenager drinks and drives, they not only put their own lives at risk but also the lives of their passengers and other drivers on the road. You can ruin your reputation and future at such an early age in life, causing you to struggle.

Prom night and graduation night are often associated with parties and celebrations, and alcohol is often present at these events. It’s important for teenagers to understand that drinking and driving is not only illegal but also incredibly dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2019, 10,142 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. This is a staggering number and it’s important for teenagers to understand the risks associated with drinking and driving.

Furthermore, getting behind the wheel after drinking can have serious consequences for a teenager’s future. If caught, they could face legal charges, fines, and even jail time. Additionally, a DUI conviction can stay on a person’s record for years, which can make it difficult for them to get a job, apply for college, or obtain a loan. Drinking and driving can also result in the loss of driving privileges, which can have a significant impact on a teenager’s independence and ability to participate in extracurricular activities. 

It is irresponsible for underage people to drink and drive for several reasons. Underage individuals are not legally allowed to consume alcohol, and driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal for individuals of any age. Alcohol consumption can impair judgment, reaction time, and coordination, which are all critical skills necessary for safe driving, this can increase the risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities on the road.  Underage individuals are often less experienced drivers than adults, and driving under the influence of alcohol can magnify this lack of experience them even more dangerous on the road. The legal and safety implications, of underage drinking and driving can also have serious consequences for an individual’s future. Including crime charges, loss of driving privileges, increased insurance rates, and damage to their reputation.  It is essential to educate young people about the danger of drinking and driving and promote responsible behavior to prevent tragedy on the road.

After all, teenagers should never drink and drive on prom night or graduation night. It’s important for them to understand the danger that comes with driving under the influence, as well as the potential legal and personal consequences of their actions. Instead, they should make alternative plans, such as arranging for designated drivers or using ride-sharing services, to ensure that they and their friends arrive home safely. Look out for your future and the ones around you, your actions have consequences.