Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

April 25, 2014

OUR VIEW: A call for safety during school-end celebrations

GLASGOW — A couple of years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued good news/bad news statistics about teenage drinking and driving. On the positive side, the percentage of teens who drink and drive had dropped by half since 1991. However, drivers between the ages of 16-20 were 17 times more likely to die in a crash when they had a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 or more.

Even as stats suggest young people are getting the message about drunken driving, the problem persists. And as we enter the celebratory portion of the academic calendar in southcentral Kentucky – proms, graduations, summer break, etc. – we hope area teenagers enjoy these rites of passage while being mindful of the consequences of their choices.

Substance abuse isn’t the only threat, either. Texting, Facebooking, tweeting, Instagramming – all of this figures to be done heavily in the coming weeks, and all of it is a potentially tragic distraction when behind the wheel.

While the temptation to participate in dangerous activities will be strong as teenagers move through the end-of-year milestones, we have faith that the majority of this area’s young people will make mature decisions. But it only takes one moment of weakness, one misguided choice, to horribly and permanently alter many lives.

We sincerely hope our young folks remember that in the weeks ahead.

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