Alcohol continues to be the drug of choice for teens across the nation. Additionally, vehicle collisions continue to be the number one cause of death for teens. Alcohol and driving are dangerous individually; putting them together is a recipe for disaster. TREDS is dedicated to educating the public and providing knowledge, tools, and resources to prevent underage drinking and driving. Funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, TREDS partners with Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego and the San Diego Police Department to offer a variety of programs, workshops, and resources for you and your teen.
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DUI collisions are 100% preventable. From 2012-2014 in San Diego County, 903 youth ages 15-20 were killed or injured in 562 alcohol-related crashes; our goal is to reduce and eventually eliminate that number. We believe the best way to achieve this is through prevention and intervention strategies, but we can’t do it alone. With the help of parents, law enforcement, and community partners, we are working to end underage drinking and driving.
TREDS and SAY San Diego offer a free program to encourage sober driving among youth ages 15-20. Steer Clear is a 50-minute interactive class that promotes social responsibility and roadway safety. It is available to schools and organizations in San Diego County. The program is delivered by public health experts and includes a video presentation of a DUI checkpoint conducted by the San Diego Police Department.
Topics addressed in the class:
Potential benefits to schools, organizations, and the community:
Contact us for additional information or to request training.
Conversations with Teens about Sober Driving
This program will provide parents with information, tools, and resources to prevent underage drinking and driving. It can be tailored to the needs of the organization to run for 90-120 minutes.
Topics addressed in the program:
Understanding Social Host Ordinances
This presentation will provide attendees with information, tools, and resources to prevent Social Host Ordinance violations. It can be tailored to the needs of the organization to run for 30-60 minutes.
Topics addressed in the program:
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A review of the literature with summaries of teen driver safety and impaired driving research conducted nationally can be found at the following websites:
2015 State of Drunk Driving Fatalities in America
2016 Traffic Safety Culture Index
2016 Alcohol-Impaired Driving
Peer-reviewed research articles that demonstrate the power of parental influence on teen decisions about alcohol and driving behaviors:
The Teen Alcohol Awareness Program (TAAP), a program of the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), is designed to address concerns that arise when new drivers are ready to hit the road. This program answers important questions such as:
The teens and parents will spend time in a classroom environment lead by SDPD Officers. The parent session will then continue as the teens are transported in a police vehicle to a DUI checkpoint. They will have the opportunity to observe the checkpoint operation and witness the process of screening for impairment firsthand, including the arrest of drivers that officers believe to be impaired. The class is available on a first come, first served basis.
Current Class Schedule
To register, contact Officer Mark McCullough (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Download this sample contract to use as a foundation for developing your own contract with your teen. Contracting has been shown to be an effective tool that can enhance the parent-teen relationship and decrease risky behaviors when both parties engage in the contract development process and mutually agree to the terms.
This valuable resource can shift the dialogue with your teen from lecture and accusation to conversation. Asking open-ended questions that demonstrate active listening and empathy can open a dialogue and allow each party to better understand the other’s point of view in a healthy and productive manner.