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Drunk Driving Accidents Not Only Alcohol-Related Teen Killer
Underage drinking is a serious problem in colleges and communities across the United States. However, a new study finds that it is not just the risk of drunk driving accidents, that is linked to underage drinking. Minors who drink are involved in high numbers of murders, crimes, assaults and alcohol-poisoning related incidents every year.
The study finds that 32% of alcohol-related fatalities that occurred among people between the ages of 15 and 28 in 2010 occurred in traffic accidents. About 68% occurred in other incidents, including murder which accounted for 30% of the fatalities, and suicides which accounted for 40% of deaths. About 9% of the non-drunken-driving-related fatalities involved alcohol poisoning, and other causes involved 15% of the deaths.
According to Mothers against Drunk Driving, the data indicates that it is very important to implement strong and effective anti-underage drinking programs in colleges, high schools and communities across the country. It’s not just important from a motoring safety point of view, but also to help keep teenagers healthy, and safe.
The Mothers against Drunk Driving Data shows that it is not just important to take away the keys from an underage person who has been drinking, but is also necessary to make sure that the person is not drinking at all, because this risk of undesirable behaviors and destructive practices simply explodes when an underage person is given access to alcohol.
Car accident lawyers believe that parents have big role to play in reducing the number of alcohol-related fatalities involving teenagers. The Mothers against Drunk Driving study was released as part of Alcohol Awareness Month, which is commemorated in April. The group encourages parents to have very honest conversations with their children about the dangers of using alcohol before the age of 21.
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