Youth Speaker Panel

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The Faces of Tragedy

Youth Speaker Panel

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In 2020, an average of eight teenagers between the ages of 13-19 were killed each day, totaling 2,800 deaths. Additionally, 227,000 suffered injuries due to motor vehicle crashes. The crash risk doubles when teens drive one peer passenger, and triples with two or more passengers. 

For young people, alcohol is the number one drug of choice. Teens use alcohol more frequently and heavily than all other illicit drugs or intoxicants combined. Marijuana is the most widely used drug among youth today and is more potent than ever.The AAIM YVIP program is designed to help prevent underage drinking, drinking and driving, and other related dangerous decisions due to impairment. AAIM’s goals are to encourage our youth to have open, honest communication with their parents; reduce alcohol and drug-related incidents; prevent recidivism; impact choices related to peer pressure; and increase accountability.

This program will encourage teens and young adults to make good choices, thus decreasing behaviors that put themselves and others at risk. While some young people make good choices, others need to be reminded of the tragic consequences that just one poor decision can have on their lives and the lives of others. Sometimes they need to hear the story of someone who has been through the nightmare of bad choices by themselves or others. The selected victim and offender speakers will share their personal and painful stories to touch the young participants' hearts and impact their decision-making process.

What young adults and teens will learn

• Why individuals age 15-24 are at a higher risk of death or injuries in a vehicle

• How peer pressure can influence choices

• How planning ahead of attending an event can make a difference

• How to develop open, honest communication with your parents or guardian

• How attitudes contribute to high violation rates when driving and with Zero Tolerance

• Recognizing the legal and personal consequences of DUI, underage drinking, drug misuse, reckless and distracted driving, and related incidents

We will discuss alcohol use and the law, penalties and the consequences of underage drinking, the use of marijuana and other drugs, and driving impaired. We will also show some of the devastating effects of bad choices. Handouts will include penalties for underage drinking and related offenses such as Zero Tolerance offenses, fraudulent IDs, and illegal transportation of alcohol, drugs, and open containers.

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