15 Jan 2016

Drunk Driving Still a Problem for Teens

If you are the parent of a teen driver, you probably worry constantly about the safety of your child behind the wheel. Unfortunately, teen drivers have the highest level of accidents among all motorists, which has caused more than one parent to stay up late at night waiting for a young driver to finally pull in the driveway.

Parents will be pleased to note the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that drunk driving numbers for teens have decreased in recent years. According to one study, today’s generation of teenagers seem less likely to drink and drive than earlier generations of young people.

In 2014, for example, the number of teen drivers who admitted to drinking behind the wheel dropped by 38 percent compared to teens in 2002. In 2014, 6.6 percent of drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 admitted to drinking and driving. This number was down from 16.2 percent in 2002. Many experts point to education programs as one of the main reasons for the reduction in drunk driving accidents among young people.

Teen Drunk Driving Rates Still Too High

Despite widespread efforts to educate underage motorists about the dangers of mixing alcohol and driving, drunk driving incidents involving teen drivers still happen. In a 2014 survey, 18 percent of individuals polled between the ages of 21 and 25 admitted they had driven impaired at least once within the past year.

The same survey reported that more than 2,100 teens were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2013. Clearly, these figures are devastating and still far too high. If you are the parent or caregiver of an underage driver, it is important to stress how dangerous it is to drive impaired. A drunk driver can cause serious and fatal injuries to others and to himself. In many cases, there are no second chances.

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If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you have important rights. Don’t pay for someone else’s mistake. Contact my office today at (912) 265-9811 to discuss your case and to learn more about the compensation you deserve.

This article has been prepared by J. Alan Welch Law for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.

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