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Summer drunk driving especially deadly for teenagers

Independence Day, one of the most dangerous driving times of the year, has come and gone, but this does not mean that the risks of getting in a drunk driving accident have decreased. Drunk driving remains a problem in Connecticut and all other states. Anyone can suffer from serious injuries in a drunk driving crash, but experts say that teenagers may particularly be at risk during the summer months.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 114 people lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes in Connecticut in 2013. This number was higher than the previous two years. Why is drunk driving so dangerous for younger drivers? Part of the reason may be that teenagers have less experience than older drivers, and may not consider themselves at risk. Additionally, they tend to take risks among their peers, including getting in a car with someone who is intoxicated or thinking they are not too drunk to drive.

The months between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the most dangerous for drivers between the ages of 15 and 20, reports USA Today. The summer months can feel like freedom to young people after a hard year of school and studying. During this time, many teenagers may have a great deal of free time on their hands without adult supervision, especially if both parents work. Time spent with friends at parties or other summer activities can result in a deadly combination when alcohol is involved. During the summer, there are about 50 percent more drunk driving fatalities among teens than any other time of the year.

Teenagers, like all other drivers, have a responsibility to obey traffic laws and refrain from driving while intoxicated. Those who hurt others by drinking and driving may be held liable for medical expenses and other damages.

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