According to AAA, American Automobile Association, approximately 10 young drivers die each day between Memorial Day and Labor Day in vehicle related accidents. A teens driving inexperience, coupled with distractions, can greatly increase the risk of a serious or deadly accident. It is important for parents to talk with teens often about the dangerous conditions that can lead to an accident.
Risks to Teenage Drivers
Having a passenger increases the risk of a teen driver having a fatal crash by at least 44%, according to the National Safety Council.
A driver on the phone can miss up to 50 percent of their environment. That distraction can linger up to 27 seconds after the call ends.
Texting, snap chatting, tweeting, Facebook, video calls, tuning the radio, doing make-up, reading, eating, opening a water bottle, searching in a purse/glove box and gawking at other accidents is high risk behavior.
Driving during rain storms, driving at night, driving while tired, drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana or doing other drugs and even lighting and smoking a cigarette all pose dangerous risks to drivers.
Talk often about the dangers of driving.
Set driving rules and guidelines.
Drive with your teen often—there are teachable moments even after graduation.
Set a good example—If you do it, so will they. Model behavior.
Have Fun, Be Safe
Wear your seatbelt
Put your phone away
Drive the speed limit
Pay attention to other drivers
Reduce number of passengers
Watch the road
Driving tired is a risk: Stay Alert
Learn to drive in all weather conditions
HAVING FUN SHOULDN'T END LIKE THIS
The Dangers of E-Cigarettes
and Other Vape Products
What are they?
Electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or vapes) are battery-operated devices designed to deliver nicotine with flavorings or flavored substances to users in an aerosol instead of smoke. They can be manufactured to resemble tobacco cigarettes, or even pens or USB memory sticks. Newer devices, such as those with refillable tanks, may look different. More than 500 varieties of e-cigarette and other vape brands are currently on the market.
What Parents Should Know!
The long-term health risks of these products are currently unknown.
Most that claim to be “nicotine free” contain nicotine.
Companies make a wide range of flavors (mint, candies and fruit) to target sales to teens.
Many flavorings have been identified as lung irritants.
Chemicals that cause cancer, including formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein, have been found in the smoke of these products.
E-cigarettes and other vape products have NOT been proven effective as smoking-cessation aids.
Charlene McGunn, Executive Director, Chippewa Valley Coalition;
Larry Neal, Director, Clinton-Macomb Public Library;
Ron Roberts, Superintendent, Chippewa Valley Schools
Larry Neal, Director of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, received the Coalition's Community Partner Award at the Coalition's May 9, 2017 Membership Meeting. This award recognizes key community leaders that have supported the Coalition's initiatives. Larry and his staff partnered with the Coalition on projects and attended Coalition events, helping us to fulfill our mission.
Past recipients have included:
Prosecutor Eric J. Smith
Sheriff Anthony Wickersham
Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Posavetz
US Congressman Sandy Levin
Supervisor Bob Cannon, Charter Township of Clinton
The brain is a "work in progress", not fully developed until the mid-20's.
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What Research Tells Us:
If marijuana is smoked regularly during the teen years, it can lower intelligence (IQ) significantly, by up to 8 points in adult life.
NIDA (2014) Facts Parents Need to Know
Marijuana's negative effects on attention, memory and learning can last for days and sometimes weeks - especially if used often.
NIDA (2013) Facts for Teens
Marijuana use can negatively affect learning and school performance. Users are MUCH more likely to get lower grades and drop out of school.
NIDA (2013) Facts for Teens
NIDA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is an agency of the US Government.
Visit: www.drugabuse.gov for more information.
Information provided by the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families Joining School, Families and Community in preventing and reducing youth substance abuse and its negative consequences.
Tips for Parents: Have a Safe and Legal Party
Parents can have the best intentions when they allow their teen to have a party in their home, but permitting underage drinking is a BIG mistake. Teen drinking is illegal and unsafe. Allowing teens to drink in your home can result in stiff penalties, including up to 30 days in jail and/or a $1000 fine. In addition, parents can be sued if they allow drinking and a teen is injured in any way (www.socialhostlaw.wordpress.com).
Establish firm rules that alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs are not allowed!
Planning the Party
Ask your teen who is attending the party.
Limit the number of attendees by making the event invitation-only.
When using social networking sites, e.g. Facebook, to create
invitations, be sure to make the party "private" so only
invitees can see the details of the party.
Put your phone number on the invitation and welcome calls from parents.
Provide plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, as well
as activities, such as dancing and games, to keep teens busy.
At the Party
Define a set area for the party, have enough chaperones to provide supervision, and
monitor the party frequently.
Lock up alcohol and medications to avoid access.
Restrict entry to the party. Have those attending enter through one door.
Let attendees know that if they leave the party, they can't come back
Don't allow water bottles or other outside beverages so that alcohol can't be
brought into the party.
Keep backpacks and coats in a separate area to prevent teens from bringing in alcohol
or other drugs.
Be prepared to contact parents if an attendee appears to be under the influence
or brings alcohol or other drugs to the party.
For more information, call 586-723-2360, email email@example.com,
visit www.cvcoalition.org, or Like us on Facebook!
Adapted from A Practical Guide to Preventing and Dispersing Underage Drinking Parties, published by the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center.
A Research-Based Campaign to Educate All Sectors of the
Community About the Dangers of Youth Marijuana Use
While there's much talk about medical marijuana and the legalization of marijuana for "recreational" purposes in the media and in public discussion, there seems to be very little focus on the many negative consequences of
youth use. LET'S START THAT CONVERSATION IN OUR COMMUNITIES!!
Mobilizing Michigan … was created by the Chippewa Valley Coalition for Youth and Families, a school-community coalition in central Macomb County Michigan and a Drug Free Communities grantee, and
the Macomb County Community Mental Health - Office of Substance Abuse (MCOSA).
The Mobilizing Michigan – Protecting Our Kids from Marijuana Campaign Tool Kit, has multiple components intended to provide community coalitions, schools, agencies, churches with the tools to educate all sectors of the community – youth, parents, other community members, school staff, law enforcement, government, the faith community, business, youth-serving and other agencies, etc. about the dangers of youth marijuana use. Data and other Information included in the Mobilizing Michigan… Tool Kit is based on research from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, etc
All Mobilizing Michigan…Protecting Our Kids from Marijuana Campaign Tool Kit components can be accessed free-of-charge at www. mcosa.net or cvcoalition.org.