Drinking and driving rate among high school teens cut in half in past 20 years

In the past two decades, the number of teenagers who have gotten behind the wheel after consuming alcohol has been cut in half.

Federal officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study on the topic and released the findings last week.

Researchers found that in 1991, 22.3% of high school students age 16 or older admitted to drinking and driving sometime in the past 30 days. When the same study was conducted in 2011, this number decreased to 10.3% of high school students.

Officials with the CDC have stated that this large decrease may be because many states have tightened their drunk driving laws and further driving restrictions have been put on teenagers when they first receive their licenses. For example, the hours during which teens can drive at night have been limited.

If you are underage and have been charged with youth drunk driving, contact the Dallas DWI lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today.

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