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Teens and drunk driving

Each day, people take to the road after consuming too much alcohol. In New London, Connecticut, and other parts of the country, some of these people are not legally allowed to any consume alcohol in the first place, due to their age. When teens operate a vehicle while intoxicated due to drinking, they face an assortment of risks, from traffic accidents to legal penalties and the loss of their driving privileges. Moreover, if they cause an accident, their decision to drive drunk may upend the lives of an entire family.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, roughly 60 percent of teenagers have consumed alcohol by the age of 18. Moreover, 11 percent of all alcohol that is drank in the U.S. is drank by those between the ages of 12 and 20. For teens who drink alcohol, a number of consequences may lie ahead, such as DUI charges that carry stiff penalties and motor vehicle crashes.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that fewer teens chose to drive drunk in 2012 than in 1991, underage drunk driving continues to occur across the country at a high rate. Furthermore, when a young driver gets behind the wheel after consuming enough alcohol to bring their blood alcohol content level over 0.08, statistics show that they are more likely to find themselves in a deadly crash when compared to those over the age of 21. In fact, a survey showed that 10 percent of high schoolers who were 16 and older had driven after drinking alcohol in the past 30 days.

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