Relief for Fort Myers Parents: Drinking and Driving Down 50 Percent Among Teens

by Carmen Dellutri on October 19, 2012

Florida DUI accidentOn the heels of yesterday’s post about increasing traffic fatalities, we thought it was important to also share some good news regarding teen driver safety. Drinking and driving among teens in high school has gone down by 54% since 1991, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC study confirms that substantial progress has been made during the past two decades to reduce drinking and driving among teens. The CDC credits tougher zero tolerance laws and graduated driver’s licenses with deterring impaired driving among teens. However, it also acknowledged that the down economy and high gas prices are also keeping teens off the road.

According to CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, drinking and driving is also less accepted by today’s teens. “There is a broader recognition that drinking and driving is not O.K.,” he said. “There is now a sense that friends don’t let friends drink and drive. If you think of the broader social change from ‘one for the road’ to ‘friends don’t let friends drink and drive,’ that’s a major change in our society, and I think that’s one of the things that’s really driving the progress here.”

Despite the progress, drunk driving still remains a concern among teen drivers. In 2010, one in five drivers aged 16–19 years involved in fatal crashes had a positive (>0.00%) blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

Thus, despite the good news, the CDC highlights that more can be done to protect the lives of young drivers and everyone who shares the road with them. It recommends the following tips for parents of teen drivers:

  • Understand that most teens who drink do it to get drunk.
  • Recognize the dangers of teen drinking and driving and that teen drivers are at much greater risk of crashing after drinking alcohol than adult drivers.
  • Provide teens with a safe way to get home (such as picking them up or paying for a cab) if their driver has been drinking.
  • Model safe driving behavior.
  • Consider tools like parent-teen driving agreements to set and enforce the "rules of the road" for new drivers.

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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