NHTSA Preventing Underage Drinking
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their Underage Drinking and Driving Prevention campaign. Officials with the NHTSA are hoping to get the word out to teens about the dangers of drinking and driving. Since car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens in the U.S., and nearly half of teens killed in crashes are the drivers themselves, this is a top priority for the NHTSA. Even though the legal minimum drinking age is 21 in all 50 states, nearly one-quarter of young drivers involved in fatal crashes had alcohol in their systems.
The Ultimate Party Foul
The NHTSA hopes to reach teen drivers by spreading the message that underage drinking and driving is the Ultimate Party Foul. They’re also promoting an emoji keyboard in efforts to reach more teen drivers. This is the first national public service campaign of its kind to prevent underage drinking and driving. They’re specifically hoping to target sixteen and seventeen year old drivers.
Teen Driving Facts
- In 2013, 2,163 teens (16 to 19 years old) in the U.S. were killed in crashes.
- 243,243 teens were injured in car crashes across the nation.
- Six teens ages 16 to 19 die every day from car crashes.
- Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers ages 20 and older to be in a fatal wreck.
- Young people ages 15 to 24 represent 14 percent of the U.S. population but account for 30 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries in males and 28 percent in females.
After a Drunk Driving Accident
Fatal accidents due to underage drinking are absolutely devastating for families. Talk to your teen about the dangers of underage drinking and driving, and make sure they know to call home or to find a safe ride home rather than getting in the car with somebody who has been drinking. If a drunk driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast has injured you or your teen, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.