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Teen drunk driving rate reduced by half since 1991

A study recently released by officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the rate of drinking and driving among U.S. teens has decreased by 54% since 1991.

According to the study, high school-aged teens were asked whether they had consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel within the past 30 days. In 1991, nearly 22.3 percent of respondents said yes, but by 2011, this number decreased to 10.3%. CDC officials have reported that this decrease could be due to the harsher DWI laws as well as the tougher driving restrictions on teens.

While the decrease is a push in the right direction, CDC officials have stated that there is still a long way to go. Nearly 800 teens are killed in drunk driving crashes each year.


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