BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) The number of teens who drink and drive has decreased by more than half in two decades, but experts say more must be done to prevent the risky behavior.
A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday claims that drinking and driving among teens in high school has decreased by 54 percent since 1991.
While the decrease by more than half may seem impressive, many teens still put their lives at risk. High school students are estimated to drive after drinking about 2.4 million times each month. Of those who admit to drinking and driving over the past month, 85 percent say they binge drank.
Studies show that teens are three times more likely to be involved a fatal crash. The CDC reports that one in five teen drivers who were involved in fatal crashes in 2010 had some alcohol in their system.
The CDC included suggestions to combat teen drinking and driving along with the study. They recommend that parents get involved in their children's driving activity by setting rules for when and where they can drive. The CDC also recommends that state officials enforce a strict zero tolerance policy for teens caught drinking and driving.
For more info: www.cdc.gov