In 2011, only one in 10 teens admitted to drunk driving, while 22.3% of teens fessed up to that dangerous practice in 1991. Part of the reason there aren’t as many drunk teens out there behind the wheel could be because of laws covering drinking age and compliance checks at stores selling alcohol.
But a notable shift has also happened because of the recession. Teens can’t get jobs as easily as they used to, and then can’t afford the high price of gas as easily.
“Teens are especially sensitive to increases in gasoline prices and declines in economic conditions, which might have decreased their miles driven since 2007,” according to the report.
The unfortunate part of the study? Among those teens that said they did drink and drive, 85% admitted to being binge drinkers. Someone needs to take the keys away in that case.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report [CDC.gov]
The upside of expensive gas: Less teen drunk driving [Los Angeles Times]