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Drinking and driving as a teen can cause accidents

Teens and driving does not always make the best combination. Teens and drinking and driving definitely don't make for success. Believe it or not, teenage drinking and driving has decreased by 54 percent since 1991. That is an incredible feat! Another number that puts the problem in perspective is that one in 10 teenagers admit to drinking and driving. Younger drivers are 17 percent more likely to die if they are involved in an accident that had someone driving after drinking.

Almost one million teens of high school age drank and then got behind the wheel of a car in 2011. They are three times more likely to be involved in a car accident than other age groups who also drank and drove in that time period.

Research shows that, to keep teens driving sober, parents must take a stand against it and create an open atmosphere to discuss this subject. Having an actual contract with children that says there will be a penalty if they drink and drive and also a benefit if they never do can be a great way of approaching the subject.

Research further proves that a high minimum drinking age has also helped bring the numbers down, along with having graduated driver licensing systems.

If you have ever been on the receiving end of a car accident that involved a drunk teenager, you know how frightening it can be. You may need time to heal due to the severity of the accident itself. At some point you may want to explore the possibility of being recompensed for your loss. You may have missed work, had exorbitant medical bills and, of course, replacing or repairing your car is a necessity.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Teen drinking and driving," accessed Aug. 31, 2015

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