Nearly one in four teens admits to driving under the influence, and they don’t see why it’s a problem. A survey by Students Against Destructive Decisions surveyed 1,708 11th and 12th graders, and it found that almost 20 percent of those who drove while drinking think it actually improves their driving. The number was even higher—34 percent—for those who drove under the influence of marijuana.
Teens are more likely to drink at unsupervised events like the Fourth of July—an illustration of the need for adult involvement. Twice as many teens admitted to drinking during summer break than during more heavily supervised activities like prom or graduation. In 2010, 2,700 people aged 16-19 were killed in automobile crashes and 282,000 were injured. Drinking is a cause of death—in 2011, nearly a third of drivers aged 15-20 killed had been drinking.
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