Teen drinking and driving rates have fallen by 54 percent in the past two decades, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, almost a million high school teens ages 16 and over still drove after drinking alcohol in 2011.
The report estimates that high school teenagers are responsible for approximately 2.4 million instances of drunk driving each month. Furthermore, it found that younger drivers are 17 times more likely to die in an accident that involves alcohol. Other findings included:
The study authors found that driving in general has decreased among teenagers in the past decade and this may have played a part in lowering teen drunk driving rates. They also believe that stricter drunk driving laws are a factor. These include: