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Conversations about homecoming every parent should have

For many teens in Florida, October is homecoming month. This is the time of year where homecoming kings and queens are crowned at various high schools, and there are parties and school events to celebrate the occasion. For parents of teen drivers, October should be a time to have frank discussions with their kids about the dangers of texting while driving as well as drinking and driving.

Both are prohibited under Florida law, but some teens are not apt to follow the law. Some will give in to peer pressure and others may make rash decisions without thinking them through. This is arguably why young drivers are the most vulnerable age group of drivers across the United States. 

This is why the “5 to Drive” initiative is important. Developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these guidelines give parents five important topics to discuss with their teen drivers to promote safety. They include: minding speed limits, not texting while driving, no riding or driving without wearing a seatbelt, no additional passengers, and absolutely no drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

Indeed, teens may hear about these rules and may not adhere to them because they believe that nothing bad will happen to them; as if they are immune to accidents altogether. Unfortunately, that is not the case. As such, parents must continue to have frank and open conversations about driving safety during homecoming season and throughout the school year.

The preceding is not legal advice. Questions about your rights and options after a car accident should be referred to an experienced personal injury lawyer

The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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