Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine will join forces with the San Diego Police Department to reduce alcohol-impaired driving among San Diego youth between the ages of 15 to 20.
Helped by funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the UC San Diego Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety Program will contribute to SDPD’s Teen Alcohol Awareness Program by implementing an evaluation component and delivering sessions to parents about how to most effectively communicate with their kids about drinking and driving.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 74 percent of youth under age 18 identify their parents as the leading influence in their decisions about drinking.
Classes hosted at the SDPD headquarters educate teenagers and parents about the dangers of driving under the influence, as well as the responsibilities of social hosting and the penalties for violating current local ordinances.
Aditionally, SDPD and Social Advocates for Youth San Diego will collaborate with UC San Diego School of Medicine to deliver sober driving education at local high schools and implement a social media campaign focusing on prevention and intervention strategies.
October 16 through 22 is National Teen Driver Safety Week.
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