Teen drivers are at an increased risk for getting into a car accident, simply because they are novice drivers. When you add alcohol into the mix – the results can be deadly. Approximately 2000 underage drinkers die each year behind the wheel and drunk driving is responsible for a third of all teenage auto fatalities. These statistics are surprising and a bit sobering for parents of young drivers.
Yet, there may be a bit of hope. A new study
has determined that fewer teen deaths result when a state’s overall alcohol restrictions are tighter. This is encouraging news when you consider that motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for U.S. teenagers, and that alcohol is a contributing factor in one-quarter of those crashes. (more…)