Here I am live-blogging the alcohol and teen tutorial at All-Star Driver, the nation's largest driver ed school, headquartered in Watertown, Connecticut. Thanks to the change in the CT law, teen crashes are down. But alcohol remains, well, a threat.
In these 2 hours these teens are going to have to "get it," to use Steve Janelli's phrase, that they are not invulnerable. Yet they will feel that way if they have alcohol in their system and get behind the wheel. Research shows that they will take wild risks because alcohol distorts their judgment.
Steve now involves the 7 teens in the class. He asks them to identify "drunk driving behavior." They seem proud to be able to zero in on this kind of erratic behavior. Part of their responsibility to be self-protective is, Steve tells them, to get out of the way of the drunk driver. There's more. He gives them permission to "rat" on them. Call the police and get that drunk off the road.