Parents lose sleep and have bad dreams of getting a late-night phone call when their teenage children are out with the car.
They fear that they were out making unwise decisions, wrecked the car and hurt someone — worst-case scenario, themselves and others. As adults it is our job to teach the youth to steer clear of impaired driving and make it home safely to their parents.
Well, parents of students at Navarro High School got a little help with the struggle this week when organizers put on the Shattered Dreams program on campus.
The program simulates a horrific vehicle crash involving impaired teen drivers and its after effects. Young folks who participate and witness the program, hopefully, are scared straight.
At least one Navarro student was profoundly affected by the reenactment.
“It’s genuinely scary. It brings tears to your eyes. I was in a bad accident a few weekends ago so it really hit hard,” Kyndall Andrews said as tears streamed down her cheeks. “Just thinking it could actually happen and people can really be hurt by this. It’s not worth it. It’s not worth risking anything.”
And that’s the point. It’s not worth it. It’s not worth it to anyone.
Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2016. In information published in 2015, the Centers reported motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in this country.
Shattered Dreams is attempting to diminish the numbers. The goal is 0.
It takes an entire community to make that happen. It’s up to us all.
Join in the fight and maybe, just maybe, parents will be able to sleep a little better.