New Year's Eve celebrations may be over, but unfortunately, the night can have lasting effects for many families as their teens get behind the wheel. A recent study found that over 1 in 10 teenagers drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol on New Year's Eve.
The study, which focused on high school juniors and seniors, found that part of the problem may be a growing tolerance of underage drinking among parents. According to researchers:
There were several positive findings as well:
The study was commissioned by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Pennsylvania recently enacted tougher underage drunk driving laws. Convicted underage drunk drivers face a 12- to 18-month license suspension, 48 hours to six months in jail, and fines ranging from $500 to $5,000.