One out of 10 teens has hopped behind the wheel of a car after drinking alcohol, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention study revealed this week. That means every month, there are potentially 2.4 million teenagers driving under the influence of alcohol. Hopefully, not all at the same time.

While the statistics are startling, leaders at the CDC point out that teens appear to be acting much more responsibly than when some of their parents were the same age, as the number of teens drinking and driving has dropped by more than half over the past 20 years.

"Nine out of 10 high school teens are not drinking and driving as of our most recent data in 2011," said Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC, in a transcript of a news conference.

While optimistic, Frieden noted many teen drivers should continue to exercise caution.

"And, of course, even without alcohol, teen drivers are at a much higher risk of having a serious or fatal accident than adult drivers," he said.


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      AutoGirlNerd
      • 2 Years Ago
      Or is it that less teens are driving??? I know several teens, a sibling included, who could be driving, yet don't see it as a priority.
      Sj027
      • 2 Years Ago
      Less teens on the road is a factor. My brother is going to be on the road a year later than a lot of kids, getting his license, at 17...He has no real motivation to get his license like I did at his age. Oh and more teens probably smoke pot and drive than they do drink, seems the heavy drinking comes around college.
        Agilis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sj027
        Along with the lack of motivation, higher gas prices is another key reason as to why there are less teens on the road. Combine the higher gas prices, with student loans, school costs, etc. no wonder why they would rather keep their phones than drive.
          Sj027
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Agilis
          This is very true. When I started driving in 2006, (I complained gas prices were high then) gas prices were about $2.50, my college tuition costs continue to go up since I started in 2008, so yeah, I think these kids just came of driving age at an inconvenient time where it is more of a hassle. My brother's excuse is "I have friends who already drive me around"
      Marcus Spencer
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a 20 year old with lots of friends who are even younger than me...I can safely say that teens are still driving under the influence just as much as they used to. They're just under the influence of other things that don't make you quite as sloppy of a driver as alcohol does.
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's good to hear. Hopefully the trend will continue and hopefully the texting while driving numbers will go down too.
      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Came for the usual AB teenage driver stock photo, leaving disasspointed
      janka51
      • 2 Years Ago
      they are stupid enough without being drunk ,
      paddleman1928
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, have the fatalities dropped proportionately?
      HAL
      • 2 Years Ago
      1 out 10 teens drove drunk, while the other 9 stayed at home to stare into their smart phones.
      fastfatty1945
      • 2 Years Ago
      As long as their are kids driving cars their will be an increase in fatal car wrecks because every year there are more kids driving cars and racing from red light to red light. Here in the deep south it is especialy bad due to idiocy and illiteracy coupled with an 8th grade education when they graduate from high school and every kid is on the honor role because they have a C average. I graduated over 50 yrs. ago and even today I love stumping kids minds with simple math because they dont have to use their brains any more, just computers and high tech. to figure every thing out for them. Of course being brain dead from all the drugs and alcohol does not help.
        scooter7985
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fastfatty1945
        Based on your statement I can say for sure that all old people shouldn't have a DL, why because every night on the news 10 or more old people crashed into buildings because they aren't sure what the gas and break are for.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fastfatty1945
        "Answer this skill-testing question, or get off my lawn!"
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      let's hope the ammount of weed smokers has doubled
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uhm, is that a guy or a girl in that pic?
      hotderb75
      • 2 Years Ago
      we need a highly good candidate for president NOT A HAS BEEN NOW A SHOMEAN SIP NOOR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hotderb75
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