Compared to adults, teens have a higher risk of car crashes and alcohol use. Several factors influence their decisions, such as peer pressure and newfound freedom. The CDC states that more than two million teens drink and drive each month. However, this percentage has declined since 1991, indicating that more teens are abstaining from drinking and driving.
There are many risks associated with driving under the influence of alcohol, including speeding, distracted driving, and failure to scan for dangerous situations. While it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of more than 0.08% for anyone under 21, it is not uncommon for underage drinkers to be involved in a crash. In 2010, 1 in 5 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had alcohol in their system. This statistic is even higher for young male drivers. Boys are twice as likely to be involved in a car crash as females, and males are also much more likely to drink and drive than females.
According to the CDC, over half of all teen drivers involved in a crash were not wearing a seatbelt. 58% of drunk drivers who died in an accident did not wear a seatbelt. This statistic is particularly concerning because the average age of a driver in a fatal car crash is 19 years old. In 2010, over a third of all teen deaths in motor vehicle accidents were caused by speeding, distracted driving, and alcohol.
The CDC also reports that almost one-third of US high school students have ridden with a drunk driver in the past year. This is a very concerning statistic, and it is important to know if your teen is at risk. The CDC reports that 2.4 million high school students drove while intoxicated in a month. In 2011, a survey was conducted in 41 states, and the number of high school students who drank and drove decreased by more than half from the year prior.
Parents need to be aware of the dangers of teen drunk driving, and for teens to understand that they can stay safe and healthy. Several factors can help keep teens safe, such as zero-tolerance laws, graduated driver licensing systems, and parental involvement. These measures are essential to improving teen driving statistics.
Despite these efforts, alcohol-impaired car crashes are still very common. In 2018, the CDC reported that 29% of all traffic fatalities were alcohol-impaired. In addition, the CDC reported that 87,004 young drivers were on Pennsylvania’s roads in 2008. The CDC estimates that approximately eight teen drivers die every day from DUI crashes. If you want to learn more about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, there are many online resources available to you.
A new study by the North Carolina ABC Commission shows that nearly half of all teens who drive high on marijuana are underage. This number is 17% higher than it was in 2014. Although marijuana is less dangerous than drinking, most teens believe that it is still dangerous. The majority of teens who drink and drive also binge drink, which means they consume at least five alcoholic drinks within a few hours. This leads to a higher BAC when they are behind the wheel.