Liberty Mutual Insurance and Harmony School of Science Sugar Land High School are sending a powerful message to their classmates and community in preparation of the June 1st Summer break: drinking and driving is a deadly combination.
To heighten awareness of this ever-present threat in surrounding areas and throughout the country, Liberty Mutual is providing Harmony School of Science Sugar Land with a crashed vehicle for a safety demonstration for freshman and sophomores at the high school on May 22, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The program will feature a real-life depiction of the dangers of drinking and driving, and the roles of the Sugar Land Police Department and Sugar Land Fire Department while responding to car crash involiving a drunken driver
“Teen drivers in our community have the potential to set a meaningful example for their peers,” said Alonzo Everhart, an Insurance Sales Professional for Liberty Mutual’s Sugar Land office. “Through activities such as our crashed car demonstration, we can encourage positive decision-making among teens and prevent drinking and driving on prom night.”
Schools also play a vital role in curbing dangerous behaviors. According to a 2011 study by Liberty Mutual and SADD of more than 2,200 high school students, 89 percent of teens reported their schools have programs or policies in place to prevent teens from engaging in dangerous behaviors, such as underage drinking, at school-related functions. The outcome is positive: according to the Liberty Mutual/SADD survey, only 6 percent of high school students say they have driven under the influence on prom night. This is a stark contrast to the perception of this behavior among their peers: in a 2009 study, 90 percent of teens felt their peers would be more likely to drink and drive after prom than at other times of the year.
The Liberty Mutual/SADD teen driving study is part of a robust library of resources for parents and teens to navigate the early driving years. Helpful, easy-to-navigate tools are found at www.LibertyMutual.com/TeenDriving, including a Parent/Teen Driving Contract designed for families to jointly discuss responsible driving habits, and to customize mutually agreed consequences and rewards for behaviors such as cell phone use, text messaging, speeding, seat belts, alcohol and other drug use, and curfews. Additionally, the website provides state-by-state teen driving laws, practice permit tests, and video demonstrations of safe driving techniques.