Did You Know: Teen Drinking and Driving Down 54% Since 1991
The number of teens who drink and drive has dropped 54 percent since 1991, according to new research by CDC.
The drastic drop is due to increased parental involvement, social awareness and safety laws implemented in the past two decades, like zero tolerance policies and graduated driver licensing systems.
“The good news is that nine out of ten kids are not drinking and driving,” Dr. Ann Dellinger of the CDC told the Daily News. “But that leaves nearly a million young drivers engaging in 2.4 million episodes per month of drinking and driving. And the vast majority of those kids are binge drinking when they do drink.”
Since teen drivers are already three times more likely to get into a fatal crash than experienced drivers, the combination is alarming.
One in five teen drivers who got into a fatal crash in 2010 had alcohol in their systems — in most cases, more than the legal limit.
Parents should “understand that most teens who drink to so to get drunk,” Dellinger said.
She recommends parents provide kids a ride home — or cash for a cab — if they know drinking is involved, and set up a parent-teen driving agreement to remind them of “rules of the road.”