Teens: Drinking and driving
‘Vital Signs’ report shows a decrease in teen drinking/driving
PRINCETON — Though the number of teens who drink and drive may be decreasing, there is still more work to be done in educating teens and their families on the dangers of drinking and driving, according to Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson.
On Oct. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its “Vital Signs” report stating drunk driving among U.S. teens has fallen 54 percent in the past two decades.
According to the report, 10 percent of high school students reported drinking and driving in 2011, compared with 22 percent in 1991. Young people ages 16 to 20 years of age are 17 times more likely to die in a crash when their blood alcohol is at least .08 percent, compared to when they had not been drinking.
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