Teens continue to drink and drive despite risks, survey finds

Recently, Students Against Destructive Decisions joined forces with Liberty Mutual Insurance to conduct a survey to determine the frequency with which teenagers engage in risky behaviors while behind the wheel. The findings regarding teenage drinking and driving were surprising.

While teens in the United States appear to understand the risks associated with drinking and driving, many continue to engage in this hazardous behavior.

According to the survey, just 1 percent of teenagers believed driving after consuming alcohol was acceptable and just 5 percent reported that they sometimes got behind the wheel when under the influence of alcohol.

Nevertheless, one out of 10 teenagers who reported never driving under the influence of alcohol admitted that they would sometimes get behind the wheel after consuming an alcoholic beverage. In addition, 68 percent of teens who reported that they drove under the influence admitted to getting behind the wheel after consuming over three alcoholic drinks.

The survey also found that teenagers have a different view of what constitutes a designated driver than many adults. Of the teens surveyed, 21 percent reported that a designated driver could consume “a little” alcohol, while 4 percent of teenagers reported that they considered a designated driver to be the least impaired person in their group.

Drunk driving accidents are serious concern in Kentucky and Ohio

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 168 people lost their lives in drunk driving accidents in Kentucky in 2012. In total, drunk driving deaths accounted for 23 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state that year. In addition, almost 2,400 people suffered personal injuries after being involved in a drunk driving accident in Kentucky in 2012.

The statistics are even worse in Ohio. In 2012, 385 people were killed in drunk driving accidents — accounting for 34 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state. Drunk driving deaths increased by 24 percent in Ohio from 2011 to 2012. Another 7,386 people were injured in drunk driving accidents in Ohio in 2012.

Across the country, almost 10,300 people died in auto accidents caused by drunk drivers in 2010, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In total, drunk driving accidents accounted for over 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States that year.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver, you may be entitled to receive compensation to cover the harm caused by the crash. It would be wise to consider seeking the counsel of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney, who can ensure your rights are protected.