Drivers Ed Essay

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Drivers Ed Module 8 Young drivers are less likely than adults to drive after drinking alcohol, but their collision risks are substantially higher when they do. The combination of driver inexperience with drinking is a deadly mix that all too often results in tragedy. Teens are more likely to exhibit impaired driving skills at a lower blood alcohol level. What are the risks involved? Teens who drink are at higher risk for date rape, pregnancy, HIV and other STDs, assault, drowning, alcohol poisoning, alcohol dependency, DUI-related injury and death (yours and/or others). This has nothing to do with “good” or “bad” or what kind of person you are. When you and others are drinking, you can become careless, and it’s all downhill from there. Teens who drink are also more likely to engage in violence against others. In addition to criminal penalties, there may be fines and increased insurance rates for teens in possession of alcohol. If you are under 18, you can be sued for acts committed while drinking, such as vandalism, physical assault, and date rape. Property damage may not be covered by insurance if alcohol is involved. Your parents are liable for any underage drinking that takes place at their residence. According to the NHTSA, there are 205.5 million licensed drivers in the United States. Young drivers, between 15 and 20 years old, accounted for 6.4% (13.2 million) of the total. In 2008, 12% (5,864) of all drivers involved in fatal collisions (50,186) were young drivers 15 to 20 years old. 292 young drivers with a BAL 0.01-0.07 (or 5% of all fatalities for the 15 to 20 age group) were involved in fatal collisions. Inexperience, in drinking as well as driving, is the cause of many collisions involving teens. The rate of fatal collisions among 16- to 20-year—olds driving under the influence is more than DOUBLE the rate for intoxicated drivers

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