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Mixed in with the costumes, ghost stories, and haunted attractions this Halloween, teens may be more likely to engage in other risky behaviors as part of the holiday festivities -- including more partying, excessive drinking, and impaired decision-making. Parents can keep safety a priority by checking in with teens about their plans, reminding them of the rules and consequences concerning drug use, and checking in regularly by phone and text while they are out celebrating with the other ghosts and goblins.
Read more tips on safeguarding and monitoring your teen.
Road Safety Reminders
As the holiday season rings in more parties and reasons to celebrate, it is important to reinforce the rules of the road with your teen. Too often teens are driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. In a comprehensive study on unsafe driving by high school students, 30 percent of seniors reported driving after drinking heavily or using drugs, or riding in a car whose driver had been drinking heavily or using drugs. Remind your teens that driving is a privilege and if they are caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their driving privileges can be revoked at any time.
Get the facts on drugged, drunk, and distracted driving.
 O'Malley P. and Johnston L. Unsafe driving by American high school seniors, 2001-2006. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs; 68(6):834-42, November 2007.
Prepare yourself this holiday season by learning how to safeguard your teen from drug and alcohol use and other risky behaviors: 1. Keep tabs on your teens' whereabouts and have them check in regularly.
2. Set clear rules and reiterate the consequences of breaking those rules.
3. Be firm and follow through on the consequences.
4. Talk to other parents and share stories about what has worked for you and what hasn't.
Get more information on teen drug abuse.
Halloween could be scarier than usual
Local communities and police departments are gearing up for the Halloween weekend to make sure parents are helping their teens put safety first.
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