The Facts on Teens & Drunk Driving

Teenagers don’t always make the best decisions when it comes to alcohol. While teen drunk driving has decreased since the early 90s, it is still a problem that needs to be addressed. When it comes to drunk driving accidents, teens are involved in a large percentage. Generally this is due to their inexperience behind the wheel, an inexperience with alcohol, and a false sense of immortality. Ensuring that teens are properly educated regarding the dangers of drunk driving can lead to them making smarter choices. Learn about teen drunk driving statistics, drunk driving prevention, and education below.

Teen Drunk Driving Statistics

Drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 are seventeen times more likely to die in a car crash after they have been drinking compared to young drivers who are sober. The number of teen drunk drivers has decreased by more than half since the early 1990s but the statistics are still frightening. Research has shown that as many as 1 in 10 teens in high school will drink and drive. One of the first steps in reducing the number of teen drunk drivers is educating them on the dangers as well as the consequences of drunk driving.

Teen Drunk Driving Education and Prevention

In order to prevent teen drunk driving, kids must be properly educated on the dangers and consequences of operating a vehicle under the influence. They also need to understand the dangers of underage drinking. In most states, young drivers are required to take a course in order to obtain their license. Sadly, many of these courses do not cover drinking and driving extensively. As such it is up to parents and other adults in a teens life to teach them the importance of only driving when sober. Safety courses are also available for young drivers. These courses will not only teach safe driving practices but can potentially save money on car insurance rates as well.

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By Ted Burgess