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What is Causing the Decrease in Teen Drunk Driving Rates?

According to National Public Radio, fewer teens and young adults are driving under the influence of alcohol. NPR reported that in comparison to 2002, 38 percent fewer young adults of legal drinking age were driving under the influence of alcohol in 2014. Additionally, among teens ages 16 to 20, only 6.6 percent said they drank and drove in 2014, compared to 16.2 percent in 2002. The statistics were published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and were discovered through surveys with drivers. Authors indicated that they believe a mixture of different factors are going into lowered drunk driving rates among teens and young adults, including more sobriety checkpoints in certain states and educational campaigns. “It’s a multifactorial approach we are seeing in this particular case,” said Alejandro Azofeifa, an epidemiologist at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, according to NPR. Although young people appear to be drinking and…
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