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  • Statistics of Teen Drunk Driving

    The top killer of youth is drunk driving. Where's the outrage?

    Statistics of teen drunk driving as gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you as a parent do not find these figures alarming then that's even more alarming.

    • Alcohol is the cause of 60% of all teen deaths in car accidents.
    • 31% of teenage drivers who are involved in fatal car wrecks had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
    • Teenage boys who have a blood alcohol concentration of .05 are18 times more likely to suffer a single vehicle crash than a non drinking teenage boy.
    • Teenage girls who have a blood alcohol concentration of .05 are 54 times more likely to be involved in a vehicle crash.
    • Nationally in the United States, over 12% of all fatal crashes were alcohol related and 40% of those involved teenage drivers who were drinking.
    • Teenagers are less likely to drive drunk than adults.
    • Adolescents are more likely to drive drunk than teenagers.
    • Eight teens die daily in alcohol related vehicle crashes.
    • Each day 1,400 injuries and 15 deaths occur to teenage drivers, 40 percent are alcohol related.
    • Almost 1,500 teens age 15-20 die in car crashes annually in the United States.
    • The excuse given by teens who were caught drinking and driving include: Prom, graduation, spring break and breaking up with their boy or girl friends.
    • Six of ten high school juniors and seniors admit to riding with an alcohol impaired teenage driver.
    • The number of teenagers who drink in cars is about 40%. Of that number, 40% of those were teenage drivers who were drinking.
    • Alcohol is the cause of 60% of all teen deaths involving car accidents.

    Not all the statistics are statistics of teen drunk driving. Drinking and driving is at almost epidemic proportions among adults and teens.

    General Drunk Driving Statistics
    • Every 60 seconds someone is injured in an alcohol-related car accident.
    • Every 40 minutes someone is killed in an alcohol-related car accident.
    • People who drive drunk engage in risky behaviors: speed, weave across center lines, drive too slow, fail to wear their seat belts, run red lights or stop signs, fail to yield to other vehicles or pedestrians, and over or underestimate their ability to drive.
    • One of three Americans will be involved in a drunk-driving accident during their lifetime.
    • Accidents involving drunk drivers cost Americans $114 billion dollars annually.

    There would be no statistics of teen drunk driving if teen and underage drinking weren't at an all-time high. Sadly a large numbers of teens actually take their first drink in their own home.

    Statistics on Teenage Drinking
    • Three of four high school students have admitted to consuming alcohol.
    • Over half of teenage drinkers consume five or more drinks in one hour also know as binge drinking.
    • Almost 80% of high school juniors and seniors say they had their first drink before the age of 16.
    • Less than 10% of high school juniors and seniors have fake ID's.
    • Over 50% of teen drinkers drink at home.
    • Almost 75% of teen drinkers drink at parties hosted by other teens.
    • The percentage of teen drinkers who drink in private and secret locations is about 40%.
    • In America, almost 3 million people age 12-20 abuse or are dependent on alcohol.

    Don't allow your teenager to become one of the statistics of teen drunk driving. Don't just assume they know better.

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