10 Percent of Teens Still Drinking and Driving

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As many as ten percent of teenagers admit to drinking and driving, according to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The good news is that the number has declined sharply in the past twenty years. In 1991, the CDC reported that the rate of drunk driving among teen was as high as 22.3 percent, compared to the rate in 2011, which was 10.3 percent.

While that is good news, 10.3 percent still represents a shocking 950,000 high school students between the ages of 16 and 19, and amounts to a staggering 2.4 million episodes of teen drunk driving every month.

"The leading cause of death for teens in our society is road vehicle crashes, and reducing teen drinking and driving is something that we can do to reduce those even further," CDC director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH., told reporters. "We're moving in the right direction but we need to keep up the momentum."

Adding alcohol to inexperience proves deadly

The risk of dying in a car accident is already higher among teenagers because of their inexperience at driving. Adding alcohol to the scenario only makes the risk go up.

States with the highest and lowest rates

Among other interesting facts produced by the report is the fact that the state with the lowest amount of teen drinking and driving is Utah, while the state with the highest is North Dakota. Additionally, twenty percent of all teens involved in car accidents are found to have some alcohol in their systems.

Source: Medpage Today

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