With graduation season quickly approaching, it is crucial that students understand how to have fun, while also staying safe. Graduations are an exciting time that call for celebration. Unfortunately, with all the excitement and countless graduation parties, there comes risks. Students are often faced with difficult situations involving drugs and alcohol, as well as issues with driving under the influence. One bad decision could change someone’s life forever.

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According to CNN, the 100 days that take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the most deadly for teen drivers. This is the exact time period that graduation celebrations take place. When attending graduation parties, teens are often driving with friends which puts all of them at risk. According to the National Safety Council, a teen drivers chances of having a fatal crash are 48% higher when they have at least one other passenger in the car with them. Parents should stay actively involved in what their child is doing and keep open communication. The student should be reminded that all their actions have consequences and even though it is a time for celebration, they must be responsible.

Graduation Safety Tips For Parents:

  1. Require adult supervision at every celebration your child attends.
  2. Know who will be driving your child to and from the party.
  3. Remind your children that, under any circumstance, you will be there to pick them up or help them.
  4. Ask questions and keep in contact with your child while they are out.
  5. Set a curfew and give your child rules that they must follow.

Graduation Safety Tips For Graduates:

  1. Never drink and drive! Or get in the car with anyone under the influence.
  2. Remember you can always say “no” and do not have to do anything you do not want to do.
  3. Be responsible.
  4. Watch out for your friends and have them do the same for you.
  5. Never be afraid to call your parents or a trusted adult.  

Graduation should be one of the most memorable times in your and your child’s lives. Follow the safety tips above, compiled by our personal injury team, to keep them and their friends safe. Happy Graduation!