Is Teen Drinking and Driving Decreasing?

Even though the teen drinking and driving rate has decrease more than 50 percent over the last decade, teens still commit the crime roughly 2.4 million times per month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study suggesting that last year, nearly one million teenager drank alcohol and got behind the wheel of a car.

Statistics also demonstrate that ethnicity and age play a major role in whether or not a teen drinks and drives. With a greatly higher percentage, studies show that 18-plus-year-olds are the mostly likely to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

The best way to help prevent from drinking and driving is obviously education, especially with teenagers. Parents should continue to educate their teens about the risks of drinking and driving, but most importantly parents should lead by example. The CDC’s study also showed that 85 percent of teenagers in high school have admitted to binge drinking, which is defined as having more than five or more drinks within a couple of hours.

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