Spring break is right around the corner for high school and college students across Florida. Many young people will take to the beaches to celebrate a break from studies in the warmth and sunshine. Whether you are planning to stay at home to rest and relax with friends, or to get out of town for a quick getaway, make sure you are being safe. With spring break approaching, the opportunities to engage in risky behaviors will increase significantly. In fact, one report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University finds that almost 50% of high school students smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs (WebMD).
As a provider of Florida’s TLSAE Course for teenage drivers, we don’t only write about driving-related topics. The Drug and Alcohol course from GDL Institute is mandated for all new drivers in Florida before they can obtain a learner’s permit. In addition to the aim of teaching safe driving skills, the course also aims to teach teens about the dangers of drug and alcohol use and abuse, coping mechanisms, and ways to say no. Whether you are behind the wheel or in your own home, abusing drugs and alcohol is a dangerous decision. In fact, each year approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; including about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). Getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking can be deadly. Even “good” drivers make decisions that put themselves in potentially dangerous situations. Teens often have feelings of invincibility about dangerous choices and feel like nothing bad could possibly happen to them. Don’t become a statistic!
To learn more about how drugs and alcohol can affect your body, your mind, and your driving ability, register to complete the Drug and Alcohol course today.
- Nearly Half of U.S. Teens Smoke, Drink Alcohol, or Use Drugs – WebMD
- Alcohol Alert Underage Drinking – NIAAA