Fewer Young People Are Drinking and Driving
The Millennials take a lot of heat from their elders these days, but they seem to be doing at least one thing better than the older folks–drinking responsibly.
Comparing data from 2002 and 2014, government researchers discovered a 59 percent drop in drinking and driving among 16-to-20-year olds. For adults between 21 and 25, the decline was 38 percent.
Dr. Alejandro Azofeifa, an author of the study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offered three possible explanations for the decline: an overall drop in drinking among young people, aggressive law enforcement such as roadside testing and “a lot of prevention efforts” at schools across the country.
The study relied on data from more than 380,000 respondents to the federal government’s annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Young people were asked during in-person interviews to report their use of alcohol and other drugs over the past 12 months.
Although the apparent drop in drinking and driving is encouraging, the numbers suggest there are still a lot of dangerous young drivers out there. Nearly one in five people between the ages of 21 and 25 acknowledged drinking and driving. Among 16-to-20-year-olds, it’s about one in 15.
Vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among young people. In 2013, more than 2,000 people between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed on roads in America. That’s about six a day.
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