Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) October 18, 2012
Albuquerque car accident lawyer Whitney Buchanan today said a new report showing that fewer teenagers are drinking and driving underscores the importance of taking measures to protect young people.
According to a Reuters report published Oct. 2 in The New York Times, federal health officials say tougher anti-drunk driving laws have contributed to a decline in the percentage of high school students in the United States who drink and drive. The number of students 16 and older who said they had an alcoholic beverage and drove dropped to 10.3 percent in 2011, down from 22.3 percent in 1991, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“This is certainly good news,” said Buchanan, a personal injury attorney in Albuquerque. “Some of the most heartbreaking cases any accident lawyer will handle involve the death of a young person. I hope to see the teenage drinking and driving numbers continue to drop in the years to come.”
According to the Reuters report, the number of teenagers who drink and drive is still substantial. The report states that nearly a million high school students drank an alcoholic beverage before driving last year. Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunk driving among teenagers leads to more than 800 deaths per year. Car accidents are still a leading cause of death among teens between 16 and 19, the CDC reports.
According to the CDC, New Mexico has a higher percentage than average of teens who reported drinking and driving. Between 11.3 percent and 14.5 percent of teens in high school reported drinking before getting behind the wheel.
The report also shows that male students 18 and older were most likely to get behind the wheel after drinking, while 16-year-old girls were the least likely to drink and drive.
The director of the CDC stressed that parents play an important role in keeping down the rates of drinking and driving, according to the Times. He said children model their behavior after their parents, the newspaper reported.
Buchanan said anyone who was injured in a drunk driving accident, or anyone who lost a loved one, should contact an attorney to learn about their rights.
About the Law Offices of Whitney Buchanan
Whitney Buchanan is known for helping personal injury victims pursue compensation through aggressive, reliable legal representation. He has helped thousands of car accident victims, defective medical device victims and asbestos victims recover millions of dollars for their losses since 1984. To learn more about the Law Offices of Whitney Buchanan, call 505-265-6491 or use the firm’s online contact form.