Teen Drunk Driving Reportedly Down by Half

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that the number of teenagers who drink alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a car are dwindling significantly, down by 54 percent in the past twenty years.  CNN.com reports that the problem, though decreasing, is still killing as many as 2,000 American teenagers each year:

In 2011, when asked if they drink and drive, 90% of the high school students 16 and older surveyed by the CDC said they did not.

However, “motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death among teens in this country.  There are more than 2,000 teens aged 16-19 killed each year and many of those deaths are alcohol-related,” said CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden. “Almost a million high school teens aged 16 and over drove after drinking alcohol in 2011 and we calculate that high school teens were responsible for about 2.4 million episodes of drinking and driving a month.”

The report also tells us that 85% of students who admitted to driving after drinking also participated in binge drinking in the past 30 days.

Frieden explained that drinking and driving is especially risky for younger drivers, who are 17 times more likely to die in an accident when alcohol is involved.

Image: Teen drinking beer, via Shutterstock

Add a Comment
Back To Parents News Now
  1. by Silvana De Cianni

    On November 1, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Guarding clients in opposition to accusations of house loan fraud is an important region for fraud solicitors home loan instances are prevalent for the capital’s fraud solicitors. London is the Silvana De Cianni property to numerous insurance policies fraud cases lawyers, some of which can be especially complex.In the finish as the British isles local community grows scaled-down but the legislation and purchase circumstance will grow to be even larger to deal with and control simply and so as the lawful occupation. Lombard Chambers London Lawyers have a well known and respectable placement between England, Scotland and Wales with their knowledge and encounter.

  2. by photo management software

    On November 7, 2012 at 5:12 am

    The mass of quality content on this particular site has really made me recognize the massive authority your site has. Mind blowing posts and articles everywhere. Keep it up.

  3. by Leanne Helfert

    On November 8, 2012 at 12:11 am

    When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears.

  4. by Domingo Vulgamott

    On November 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Your style is really unique compared to other people I’ve read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book mark this site.


    On January 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I like this site very much so much great info . “Historical reminder Always put Horace before Descartes.” by Donald O. Rickter.

  6. by free natural male enhancement pills

    On February 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    You could certainly see your expertise in the work you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. At all times go after your heart.