Drinking and Driving — A Threat to Everyone. Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 51 minutes. Driving drunk is never OK. Choose not to drink and drive and help others do the same. Top of Page.
Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Don’t Drink and Drive
Why Do Teens Drink And Drive?
The percentage of teens in high school who drink and drive has decreased by more than half since Young drivers ages are 17 times more likely to die in a crash when they have a blood alcohol concentration of. Nearly one million high school teens drank alcohol and got behind the wheel in Teen drivers are 3 times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash. Drinking any alcohol greatly increases this risk for teens.
Alcohol-related car crashes are the number one killer of teens. These next two months, with graduation and proms, are especially dangerous times. Teens want to fit in, and alcohol and marijuana are easily accessible.
Alcohol isn't just illegal for teenagers to consume—it can be deadly if they drink and drive. In fact, drunk driving is one of the most frequent causes of death among teens. Alcohol impairs most of the skills that young drivers need the most, such as their reaction time, their vision, and their judgment. What can a parent do? Being proactive can reduce the risk of underage drinking and teen drunk driving.