Dangers of Teen Drinking

Driving under the influence can lead to serious injury or even death for teenager drivers. These drivers often lack knowledge and experience. It is important to not drink alcohol before or while driving, especially for teenagers.

According to some reports, teenage drivers are the most likely cause of fatalities and car accidents. Add drinking to these numbers, and even more collisions, injuries and deaths transpire than if they are stopped before hazardous driving occurs.

Safety and Inexperience

These young drivers can pose safety risks on the roads due to their lack of experience, and a lack of experience in driving can lead to dangerous situations. Safety of other drivers is often compromised when someone is operating a vehicle that he or she isn’t capable of driving. These vehicles could be large trucks, sports cars, or vehicles with many features. Distractions in the car can lead to collisions with other vehicles.

Driving and drinking are another area where experience can be a problem. Many adults struggle to balance their lives, but teens may not be able to understand the effects of alcohol. These intoxications can cause impairments to the senses, motor skills, judgment, and other problems with the body. These journeys can lead to serious injury to property and bodily harm. Youth reckless driving can cause injuries that are more costly than insurance will cover.

The United States government initiated a study to determine the extent of the alcohol-related driving problem. The study found that there was an annual cost of more than $51 billion for vehicle collisions and drunk drivers. These costs were revealed by research that showed younger drivers are more likely to commit DUI offenses than older drivers. Over 16 percent of DUI-related deaths were children under 14 years old, according to a study. More than half of all DUI-related deaths involved children who were impaired by alcohol. Some of these drivers were other children of similar ages or adults that drank and transported the youths.

Sobriety checkpoints

Many states allow sobriety checks to be implemented in an effort reduce or eliminate impaired drivers from driving. In some states, these checkpoints are now a mandatory measure. Since 2008, more than one million impaired drivers have been arrested by these checkpoints. Although it is still a small percentage of the total number of drunk drivers on the roads, the risk posed by these impaired drivers has been greatly reduced through the implementation additional measures. Traffic and road travel are much more dangerous if you don’t address the DUI issue and implement a strategy.

Focusing on DUI Problems

In 1984, the Uniform Drinking Age Act was passed to raise the legal drinking age to 21. This was due to rising DUI rates. Although this law has helped to keep alcohol out of the hands of some underage drinkers it is still possible to get the substance. The law has shown that the number of DUI collisions involving drivers younger than 21 years old has been halved between 1982 and 2004. The problem has become a concern for high school students. According to statistics, teen drinkers cause over 4,700 deaths annually.

Various states have implemented programs to help students understand the dangers of underage drinking. Many times, law enforcement is asked to explain sobriety checks, what alcohol does to the body, and how it affects driving. Drivers and passengers on the roads are more at risk than any other driver or passenger. In some states, random breath tests are being conducted to determine if there is any alcohol in the system of drivers under 21. Although portable breathalyzers are less reliable than those used in law enforcement facilities, they can detect alcohol in the driver’s system and lead to an arrest. A valid reason is needed to check drivers for intoxication. Any erratic behavior could be sufficient enough to warrant detention.

Individuals injured in drunk driving accidents involving teens often seek help from personal injury lawyers.

Updated 12/7/2021