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Nearly All 11th and 12th Graders Believe Their Peers Are More Likely to Drink and Drive on Prom and Graduation Nights

Less Than One-Third Think Driving on These Nights Is Dangerous

Crime statistics from Crime in America.Net

As if we as parents didn’t have enough to worry about. When teens drink, they tend to drink a lot (averaging five drinks–see link at bottom).

Students may be more likely to drink and drive on prom and graduation nights, according to a survey of 11th and 12th grade students across the country.

Nearly all of the students surveyed (90%) said that their peers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night, and 79% report the same for graduation night.

Despite this belief, students do not seem to think that driving on these nights is dangerous. Less than one-third (29%) reported that they believe that driving on prom night comes with a high degree of danger, and 25% said the same for graduation night.

These findings suggest that there is a need to provide high school students with prevention messages that paint an accurate picture of the risks and consequences from drinking and driving during prom and graduation season.

Source: http://www.cesar.umd.edu/cesar/cesarfax.asp.

For more on teen use of alcohol, see http://crimeinamerica.net/2010/04/27/nearly-10-8-million-youth-ages-12-20-are-underage-drinkers-crime-statistics/.

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