West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 23, 2014
Commenting on a recent news story about a federal study finding Palm Beach County teens more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as binge drinking, attorney Charles Cartwright of Gonzalez Cartwright, P.A. said today parents, law enforcement officials and educators must remain vigilant in curbing dangerous behaviors such as drinking and driving.
Cartwright based his comments on a Fox 29 news article, “Palm Beach County teenagers among riskiest,” published June 13. According to the article, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found Palm Beach County teenagers to be much more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as binge drinking.
“This recent study reveals a disturbing trend among Palm Beach County teenagers,” Cartwright said. “Binge drinking is a multi-faceted problem. It’s not only dangerous to the teen’s health and safety, but the teen might decide to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and put other people in danger.”
Fox 29 reported that the study, conducted by the CDC, examined the behaviors of high school students over a course of two years. According to the article, Palm Beach County teens were more likely to engage in a number of risk-taking behaviors than teens in other heavily populated Florida counties.
When compared to teens in Broward County and Miami-Dade County, Fox 29 reported that the study found Palm Beach County teens to be more likely to smoke, binge drink and use drugs such as ecstasy, which Fox 29 reported was at levels twice the national average.
“It’s critical that parents of Palm Beach County teenagers take these statistics to heart,” said West Palm Beach attorney Adriana Gonzalez, a shareholder in Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A. “Teens who engage in high-risk behaviors such as alcohol and drug use are capable of causing devastating car accidents. As personal injury lawyers, we know that drunk driving accidents injure and kill innocent people far too often in South Florida. That’s why it’s so important for all drivers, not just teens, to understand the consequences of such risky behavior. Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of a car accident will be held accountable for their actions.”
About Gonzalez Cartwright, P.A.
Charles Cartwright obtained his law degree from the University of Miami in 1993 and has been practicing law in South Florida for over 20 years. Well versed in all steps of the personal injury process, Cartwright is an AV-rated attorney who has received the highest rating from Martindale Hubbell.
Adriana Gonzalez obtained her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida, and is the current president of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association. Gonzalez has appeared on Spanish language television and radio stations discussing legal issues important to the Hispanic community. In 2014, Super Lawyers named her one of Florida’s Rising Stars for her work in personal injury law. It was the third year in a row Gonzalez received the honor. She also was elected to the board of the Palm Beach County Justice Association in 2013.
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