|Every year, more than 500,000 people are killed or injured as a result of a collision that involves 'driving under the influence' of drugs or alcohol. In fact, this type of impaired driving is the leading cause of death for people under the age of 30. Most of these deaths can be avoided, however, if we learn how to keep ourselves and our friends from making deadly choices.
1) Students will learn what it means to drive under the influence, as well as about the different substances that are linked with this behavior.
2) Students will learn about the physical and emotional consequences of impaired driving, as well as the legal consequences.
3) Students will learn strategies for avoiding driving under the influence.
Study Guide Questions
Study Guide Answers
A person charged with DUI has been unsafely operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This program shows students exactly what it means to be ?under the influence,? what type of drugs and intoxicating drugs are involved, the consequences of this behavior, and the strategies for avoiding it. An adult male provides the narration over the video dramatizations of roadblocks, car wrecks, and partying teenagers. Graphics statistics are bolstered by examples teens can relate to, such as showing how a 120 pound person having one or two drinks can be legally within the limit, but seriously impaired as a driver. A variety of high school-aged teens in social situations act out the choices and behavior that lead to accidents. Slowed reactions, blurred vision, and difficulty concentrating contribute to a driver?s accident risk. The program is specifically about how drivers are affected by stimulants, depressants, narcotics, hallucinogens, inhalants, designer drugs, and prescription drugs such as codeine and morphine. Viewers are warned to read the over-the-counter medication labels and cautioned about drowsiness caused by common antihibtamines. The video shows that vehicles involved in DUI also include boats, jet skis, trains, and bicycles. Strategies for avoiding DUI include a ?key basket? at parties to collect keys and entrust them to a designated host. Simple graphics add to note-taking ability.
SOURCE: School Library Journal, December 2003 Issue
AUTHOR: Vicki Reuller, Cazenovia High School, NY
Reproduced, with permission from School Library Journal Copyright ©
By Cahners Business Information
A Division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
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