Wednesday, January 6, 2016

DUI Rates Drop for the 16-25 Age Range

Because waving a beer bottle out the window is
never a red flag...
Here's some good news. DUI rates have dropped for young people between the ages of 16 to 25 years.

AAP Gateway says that a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows approximately 6.6% of 16- to 20-year-olds reported they drove under the influence of alcohol in 2014, a 59% drop from 2002. The rate was 18.1% for 21- to 25-year-olds, a 38% drop during the same time period.

Both age groups experienced a 39% decline in driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana combined.

So what is the reason behind the drop? The study says minimum legal drinking age laws, prohibition of driving with any alcohol level >0 for persons aged <21 all="" and="" campaigns="" checkpoints="" contributed.="" driver="" graduated="" licensing="" mass="" media="" p="" sobriety="" years="">
Those are some big numbers, considering motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for this age group in the U.S.]


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