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Certain state teens most likely to drink and drive

Drunk driving remains a major traffic safety issue in Florida and across the U.S. Worse, statistics show that a significant portion of drunk drivers are teenagers, and some states have more underage drunk drivers than others.

Researchers from CheapCarInsuranceQuotes.com analyzed data from the High School Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which is a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They found that teens in Arkansas were most likely in the nation to drink and drive with 10.7% of survey participants from that state admitting to drinking and driving in the last 30 days. Meanwhile, teens in Louisiana were second most likely to drinking and drive with 10% of participants from that state saying they got behind the wheel after drinking in the last month. Teens in Montana came in third with 7.6% of participants from that state saying they are guilty of drinking and driving in the last month.

The survey also found that 25.7% of Arkansas teens, 34% of Louisiana teens and 33.1% of Montana teens admitted they consume alcohol. In addition, 26.3% of Arkansas teens, 28.2% of Louisiana teens and 19.8% of Montana teens confessed they have gotten in a car with a driver who has been drinking.

On the other hand, only 6% of Idaho teens said they have gotten behind the wheel after drinking in the last 30 days, which was the lowest percentage in the survey. Arizona teens were second least likely to drink and drive with 6.2% of participants from that state admitting to consuming alcohol before driving. Connecticut teens were third least likely to drink and drive with 6.3% of participants from that state saying they have recently operated a vehicle after drinking.

Drunk driving car accidents can cause catastrophic injuries that leave victims unable to work and support themselves. As a result, crash victims might benefit from filing a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other losses. An attorney may help prepare the claim and push for a fair settlement.

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