This is a time of year I like to call Spring Break Season. It’s a season known for parties and good times as teens and college students from all over the country ascend on Florida. From late Feb thru April, Florida motorists may notice the roadways become a bit more crowded. There is an increased risk for drunken driving accidents throughout the state.

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Young adults are in danger of getting into auto accidents not only when they are driving, but also when they are out with their friends. The more teenagers there are in a car together, the greater the chance of an accident occurring. This is true whether your kids are headed to a party, the mall or even if they carpool home from college together.

As a parent or guardian, ensure you give your child ‘the talk.’ Not about the birds and the bees, but about avoiding dangerous situations during spring break. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In fact, almost half of the teen drivers involved in a crash die. Still only 25 percent of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about safe driving. Remember you are the parent, they are your children, and they still have a lot of learn. Some of the things that parents of teens should mention when discussing spring break driving dangers include:

The importance of wearing a seat belt. Close to 60 percent of young people 16 to 20 years old involved in fatal crashes were unbuckled, according to NHTSA. This small chore could save your child’s life.

Paying attention to the road. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents for people of all ages, but especially for teenage drivers. According to Distraction.gov, 40 percent of teens admitted that they’d been in a vehicle with someone who put people in danger because of their cell phone use, trying to eat while driving or attempting to manage a music device. Seventy-eight percent of teens and young adults say they have read an SMS message while driving.

The dangers of drunk driving. Recent National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) data indicates nearly half of all college students binge drink– and during spring break it seems to go to the extreme. An American College of Health study found the average male reported drinking 18 drinks per day and the average female reported  drinking up to 10 drinks per day during spring break, well above the safe levels of alcohol consumption.

Be aware of your surroundings. Whether or not you know it, as a Spring Breaker your child will have a target on his or her forehead. It says he or she is here to have fun and he or she isn’t paying attention to anything around them. Spring Breakers should never go out alone or leave a safe place with strangers. They should stick with known and trusted friends. Ensure your Spring Breaker leaves you a copy of his or her location and itinerary. Remind them to think twice about the information they post on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

It’s very simple and easy to teach your child how to stay safe on the way to, while at and on the way home from a spring break destination. If your child finds his or herself in a jam remember, the best way to protect their right to pursue compensation is to talk to a skilled attorney before speaking with anyone else.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, don’t deal with the insurance company alone. Contact the Law Office of Kevin M. Cobbin. Real injuries deserve real compensation. Call now at (904) 357-8448.

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