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Beware of the dangers facing kids on spring break

If you're the parent of a college student — or even a high-schooler — you may have come to dread the words "spring break." That's the time when school lets out and teens and young adults blow off steam for a week.

There's nothing inherently wrong with the concept of kids flocking to vacation spots to soak up the sun, but the problem is that many of their activities involve underage drinking and driving.

Spring breakers don't even have to leave the state of Kentucky to have their exuberance get them in trouble with the police — or worse. It's a fact that some spring break activities can put kids in harm's way.

Drinking and driving is a real danger that ramps up during spring break. Police are aware of the enhanced risk during this time of year and typically increase their patrols. But not all drunk drivers will get caught up in a police dragnet. Some cruise under the radar but place all in their path in incredible danger of injury or death in a collision with the impaired driver.

What can parents do to decrease the likelihood that their children will get hurt during spring break? It's important to communicate clearly to the kids how dangerous drinking and driving is. Stress to them that no event or activity is worth losing their life over. Make sure that they know never to ride with a driver who has consumed alcoholic beverages.

Should they be injured in a crash caused by an intoxicated driver, the road to recovery may be long and grueling. They (or you, as the parent of underage teens) will need to hold the negligent driver accountable for their egregious breaches of the law.

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