Youth and Impaired Driving
February 1st, 2014

drinking plus car equals jailDid you know that young people have the highest rates of traffic related death and injury among all age groups? Car crashes and accidents are the leading cause of death among 15 to 25 year olds, with alcohol being a factor in over 50% of these cases. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Canada states that “Studies conclude that young drivers are over-represented in road crashes for two primary reasons: inexperience and immaturity. Although young people are the least likely to drive impaired, the ones who do are at very high risk of collision.”

It is important to understand the risk at hand regarding youth and drinking and driving. DUI assault charges are a serious offense, and can easily be avoided through the right decisions. Many young people think it’s easier to drive home after a night out drinking with friends, but don’t consider the consequences of doing so; consequences not only involving themselves, but other people as well. Not only does drinking and driving result in fines and penalties for the driver, it puts themselves at risk, along with anyone in the car and anyone on the road with them.

The price of a taxi is significantly cheaper than the price of a DUI charge, and the potential of creating a problem is non-existent when choosing this option. While it may seem like an inconvenience at the time, it will likely save someone’s life and future. By the time a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) reaches a level of 0.10%, they are 51 times more likely to be involved in a life-threatening vehicle accident than a driver who isn’t drinking. This, plus the inexperience and immaturity of you drivers can even increase the chances.

Next time you plan on going out with friends, make alternative plans for transportation to avoid any DUI charges and bad decisions. You never know what could happen if you decide to drive a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, but the statistics show that the chances something negative will happen are very likely.

Sources:

http://madd.ca/madd2/index.html

http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/osmv/road-safety/young-drivers.htm

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