When young adults do not adequately understand just how serious a DUI charge can be in Ohio, they may not see the value in planning ahead to avoid being caught driving a vehicle while under the influence. On the contrary, those youth who receive applicable education and participate in discussions where the dangers of drunken driving are verbalized, they may be much less tempted to participate in dangerous behavior. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are many resources that can be used to educate the younger generation about drunken driving and how their involvement in such behavior can potentially alter their future. One of the suggestions described is the use of school-based instructional programs that are designed to introduce sensitive topics, statistics and informational guidelines in a controlled environment. With such education beginning in a school environment, youth may be more incentivized to avoid drunken driving. 

The most effective programs will take a well-rounded approach to address different angles of drunken driving including how it affects innocent bystanders, passengers and other motorists, to how the perpetrator’s life may be forever changed because of things like physical injuries and legal consequences.  When time is taken to create and instruct an appropriate course and then measures are taken to assess the program’s effectiveness at providing education, schools can help their students to learn about DUI and lessen their risks. 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that the most effective programs will be customized to meet the needs, interests and unique risks of the youth they are instructing. Drawing upon data from the demographics, environment and family conditions of a better part of the youth who will be served by such a program can help educators to develop material that will be relatable to the students.