Teen Drinking and Auto Safety

A new study shows that 45% of teens surveyed didn’t see any problem with consuming five alcoholic drinks on a daily basis. The survey, part of a study released today by The Partnership at drugfree.org, shows a troubling lack of awareness concerning the potential adverse effects of heavy drinking among teenagers.
While the news article filed by the Associated Press didn’t discuss the report’s findings and its relation to auto safety, there is a clear link between teenage drinking and an increase in auto accidents among this demographic. Impaired driving, whether through alcohol or popular teen drugs such as Ecstasy, clearly lead to an increase in serious, often fatal car accidents.
Any impaired driver loses motor coordination and critical thinking skills necessary to safety operate a motor vehicle. The report should be a clear warning signal to all of us who are concerned with driving safety and our teenagers.