Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 04, 2012
“We are moving in the right direction. Rates of teen drinking and driving have been cut in half in 20 years,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “But we must keep up the momentum -- 1 in 10 high school teens drinks and drives each month, endangering themselves and others.”
For the study, CDC analyzed data from the 1991-2011 national Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS). This national survey asked high school students if they had driven a vehicle when they had been drinking alcohol one or more times during the 30 days before the survey; CDC researchers focused their analysis on students aged 16 and older.
The study also found that:
“Teens learn from adults,” said Pamela S. Hyde, the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “That is why it is critically important that parents, teachers, coaches and all caring adults in a young person’s life talk with them early and often about the dangers of underage alcohol use as well as drinking and driving.”
Many efforts have been helping to reduce teen drinking and driving. Some of the proven, effective strategies include:
Parents also have a crucial role to play in keeping their teens safe on the road. They can model safe driving behavior and set and enforce the “rules of the road” by completing a parent-teen driving agreement with their teens. Safe driving habits for teens include never drinking and driving, following state GDL laws, and wearing a seat belt on every trip.
CDC's Injury Center works to protect the safety of everyone on the roads, every day. For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety. In addition, CDC’s Parents Are the Key campaign, at http://www.cdc.gov/parentsarethekey, offers parents of teen drivers information, tools, and proven tips to help protect their teens from crashes.
Vital Signs is a CDC report that appears on the first Tuesday of the month as part of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, or MMWR. The report provides the latest data and information on key health indicators. These are cancer prevention, obesity, tobacco use, motor vehicle passenger safety, prescription drug overdose, HIV/AIDS, alcohol use, health care–associated infections, cardiovascular health, teen pregnancy, food safety and viral hepatitis.