This is one of the most serious issues facing teens today. I bring it up sometimes with the middle schoolers. The 8th graders obviously will be entering high school and before you know it be in cars with friends and older siblings. Last year after we did our end of the year lesson on distracted driving I encouraged the kids that if they were with a driver who was texting, ask them to stop and if that doesn't work, physically take the phone out of their hand. Preferably, this should be done at a stop light or a stop sign. This is a short documentary from YouTube. I'd like to warn you ahead of time there is one inappropriate word but it has been 'bleeped' out. AT&T made this documentary and it is very thought provoking and a little hard to watch.
For the same reasons that I speak to the 8th graders about Texting and Driving, I also talk to them about drunk driving. We have at our disposal at the school 'drunk goggles' that I allow them to wear so they can see what their vision is like when they have had a lot to drink. I encourage them not only to not drink & drive themselves but obviously not to get in to a car with a person that has been drinking. We talk about the legal limits and the limitations of people under the influence of alchohol. This video is so gut wrenching. As an adult I feel it is life changing. I feel it very accurately depicts the aftermath of a drunk driving accident. Get your tissues ready - it is very intense. I have not shown this to classes at HCA, but I make it available for you to show your children at your discretion. It is not a bad video to share with other adults you know as well.