Risk Factors and Prevention of Teenage Drinking and Driving

Teenage drinking and driving is a concern for many parents. A teenager driving under the influence is three times more likely to get into an accident than an adult driver. In 2012, 23% of drivers aged 15 to 20 was intoxicated when involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash. In a national survey conducted in 2013, 22% of teens reported that, within the previous month, they rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol. Among students who drove, 10% reported having driven after drinking alcohol within the same one-month period.

Understanding the risk factors involved with drinking and driving can help prevent such behaviors.

Risk Factors

It was reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) that any level of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in a teenager is riskier than for adult drivers. Since the brain of teenager is still developing, consuming alcohol may cause brain damage. Peer pressure also adds into the risk factors of teenage drinking and driving. A study showed that teens were comfortable allowing the person who was the least intoxicated to be the designated driver. However, a lack of parental involvement, or poor role modeling by the adults, including drinking and driving with a teenager in the vehicle, may be attributed to teenage drinking and driving.

Preventive Measures

To prevent teenagers from participating in drinking and driving parents must educate their teens on the dangers and penalties of drinking and driving.

  • Enforcing minimum legal drinking age laws and zero blood-alcohol tolerance laws for drivers under age 21 are recommended.
  • Communities and schools need to create more awareness programs on the issue of teenage drinking and driving.

Have You Been Injured In An Accident Due To Teenage Drinking And Driving? Contact Us!

If you or a loved one is the victim of a drinking and driving accident caused by a teenager then contact us. We will make sure that your case is represented very diligently. Call us today at (845)-709-8005/ (800)-940-1799.

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