Fort Myers Accident Attorney: CDC Report Isn’t All Bad News for Teen Drivers

by Carmen Dellutri on June 29, 2012

Fort Myers personal injury lawyerAs we mentioned yesterday, a recent report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paints an alarming picture of the distracted driving epidemic among teen drivers. It found more than half of all high school seniors admitted to texting and driving over the past month.

While these findings are certainly alarming, CDC officials did offer some good news. Below are a few highlights:

  • From 1991 to 2011, the percentage of high school students who never or rarely wore a seat belt declined from 26 to 8.
  • From 1991 to 2011, the percentage of students who rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol declined from 40 to 24.
  • The percentage of high school students who had driven a car when they had been drinking alcohol decreased from 17 in 1997 to 8 in 2011.

“We are encouraged that more of today’s high school students are choosing healthier, safer behaviors, such as wearing seat belts, and are avoiding behaviors that we know can cause them harm, such as binge drinking or riding with impaired drivers,” Howell Wechsler, director of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, said in a statement.

“However, these findings also show that despite improvements, there is a continued need for government agencies, community organizations, schools, parents, and other community members to work together to address the range of risk behaviors prevalent among our youth,” he added.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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