Teen Drunk Driving Casualties And Stats
It has become an unfortunate occurrence that drunken driving accounts for one of the largest contributing factors of teen death in the United States. Throughout the years, though now more education and awareness exists, teens continue to drive under the influence of alcohol, which leads to a higher number of teen drunk driving casualties.
Even with the increased awareness and education within the schools and other public events, an increased number of teens are experimenting with drinking, which leads to more likelihood of them getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated. While the percentages in statistics look relatively small, the actual numbers are alarming. In 2005, 25% of teens killed in car accidents, which were between the ages of fifteen and twenty years old, were intoxicated at the time of the accident. That 25% is close to 5,000 teen deaths in which alcohol was a contributing factor.
While the number of teen deaths that have occurred from teen drunk driving is alarming, what adds to those numbers are the passengers in the same car or those traveling in another car involved in the crash that also become casualties as well. While the numbers in 2005 are astounding, it is down from 2004 statistics, in which 27% of teen drivers were involved in a fatal car accident due to drinking and driving. Teen drunk driving is not a new epidemic, in fact it is a trend that has occurred for many, many decades.
Let's take a look at some comparison of teen alcohol related deaths over the last two decades.
2000 To 2005
Over the last 5 years, there have been 102,112 alcohol related deaths. Of that number, 21,348 involved teen drunk driving and teen drunk driving casualties, that's nearly 25% of the total alcohol related deaths involved teens and drunk driving.
1990 - 1999
In the year 1990, there were 39,836 alcohol related crashes with 44,599 deaths; of that, 25% of the drivers were teens between the ages of 15 and 20 years old. However, the positive side of this thanks to increased education on the dangers of teen drunk driving, the numbers dramatically decreased during this decade. In fact, in the mid 90's the percentage of teen drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents dropped to around 12% in 1995, the lowest in history. Since the mid 90's the numbers have remained at around 20% for the next several years.
The numbers themselves are alarming, however, it is important to speak with your teens about the effects of drinking alone, and then speak with them about the consequences of drinking and driving. Remember, while these numbers may be a statistic to you, each and every one of these teens is someone's daughter, son, brother, sister, niece, nephew, grandson, and granddaughter.