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How Parents Can Reduce Teen DUI Rates

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,839 people died nationwide in alcohol-related accidents. These deaths make up 32 percent of all fatal crashes.


Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. College Park DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.


According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fatal teen drunk driving accident rates have fallen to their lowest levels in over 20 years. Despite this good news, the report reveals that drivers still in high school drive while intoxicated over 2.4 million times each month.


Graduated driver's license programs, where privileges are granted to new drivers in phases, dramatically reduce the rate of fatal teen driver accidents, according to three studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Graduated licensing laws were adopted by all 50 states and the District of Columbia between 1996 and 2011. The NIH-supported research indicates that such programs reduced the rate of fatal accidents among 16-17-year-old drivers by 8 to 14 percent.


Though some mechanisms have reduced teen drivers' accidents, teen drunk driving accidents persist despite implementation of zero tolerance laws for teen DUI accidents. The CDC reports that the risk of a DUI accident is higher for teen drivers than drivers of all other ages.


Advocacy groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) encourage open dialogue between parents and teen drivers and exposure of teen drivers to stories from DUI offenders and accident victims.


If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in College Park DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.



Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia