December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month 2013!
Since 1981, every President of the United States has demonstrated a commitment to preventing impaired driving by proclaiming December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month.
Like alcohol, drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair drivers' ability to operate a motor vehicle and can prove just as deadly. It is generally accepted that because teens are the least experienced drivers, they have a higher risk of being involved in an accident.
When this lack of experience is combined with the use of marijuana or other substances which alter perception, cognition, reaction time, and other faculties – the results can be tragic. Parents and other caring adults can play an important role in educating youth about the dangers of drugged driving, so it's important to talk with teens about the risks and to set clear expectations.
Schools can serve as an effective means of reaching children and encouraging student participation in National 3D Prevention Month; Businesses have enormous potential to educate employees about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving and to encourage individuals with substance abuse problems to seek help – especially during the holidays.
In observance of National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention (3D) Month, Greenville Family Partnership has provided some information for parents, middle & high schools, and businesses. Click the links below to access these resources:
- More Teens Drink and Drive on New Year’s Eve Than On Any Other Holiday!
- Underage Drinking Fact Sheet
- Heads Up - Real News About Drugs and Your Body: Impairment
- Tips for Preventing Teen Crashes Sheet
- Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts Brochure (middle-high)
- Top Ten Myths About Alcohol Fact Sheet (high)
2014 “Are You Above The Influence? Show Me”:
Youth Making a Difference in Schools and Communities!
Help Teens Guard Against Distracted Driving!
In today’s world of “driving while texting / talking, teens can easily get distracted. But the “Guard Your Life Challenge / BMW Driving Experience” can teach teens ages 15-19 how to avoid the dangers of distracted driving. Visit http://guardyourlifechallenge.com/Driving_Experience.html.
If you would like to help GFP continue its mission of keeping kids off drugs, please consider making a donation. You may donate through the "Red Ribbon Store", by phone at (800) 732-4099, or via mail to Greenville Family Partnership, PO Box 10203, Greenville, SC 29603. THANK YOU!
"Will School Shootings Ever End?" They seem to happen more and more. Do you think only the student are to blame for their actions? Or, do you think their parents are to blame as well? Or, do you think teacher’s are also to blame because they should have been able to spot a problem? Do you have an opinion that you would like to share? If so, we would love to hear it.
For general alcohol, tobacco & other drugs and parenting related news, please check out our General Prevention Newsletter!
Storybooks Make the Perfect Gift! Check Out the Red Ribbon Store!
Take a look at the “The Red Ribbon, A Story of Hope”, “Doodle Bug”, “Stinky the Skunk” Storybooks, “Robbie the Rabbit” and “Brothers: A Tale About Choices” Storybooks. To learn more, visit the Red Ribbon Store!
“Are You Above the Influence? Show Me…” Campaign 2014!
October 2013 - April 2014
“Parenting Wisely” Workshop
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 thru December 17, 2013
“Back in Control” Parenting Workshop
Monday, November 25, 2013 thru January 13, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
“Parenting Wisely” Workshop
Tuesday, January 14, 2013 thru February 11, 2014
National Drug Facts Week: Shatter the Myths!
Monday-Sunday, January 27 - February 2, 2014
National Drug Facts Chat Day: Shatter the Myths!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014