It is a topic that is on the mind of many parents, educators, and law enforcement officials at this time of year. Proms, graduations, and summer parties are all potential times for teens to drink and drive, and as adults who care about them, we want to keep our children safe.
Yet, a new study from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) indicates that we may have a big problem.
Study Finds Nearly One Quarter of Teens Drive Under the Influence
Specifically, the study found that 23 percent of teen drivers admit to driving while under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or another drug. What’s more alarming is that these teens do not seem to believe that they are doing anything to put themselves or others in danger. The study found that 40 percent of teens who say they have driven under the influence of alcohol and 75 percent of teens who say they have driven under the influence of marijuana believe that their actions either had no influence on their driving ability or that it improved their driving.
These Teens Are Not Putting Just Themselves at Risk
Despite what the teenagers think, alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs have been proven to negatively affect a driver’s ability to drive safely. It is not just the teen driver who is at risk. His passengers and other motorists are also at risk of suffering a significant injury because of the teen driver’s decision to drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
If you or your child has been hurt by an intoxicated teen driver then it is important to know your rights. Please contact an experienced Illinois car accident lawyer today at 866-532-4800 and please read our FREE book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims, for more information.