Drunk driving is a serious problem in Florida that can put anyone at risk of car accidents. Unfortunately, some drivers underestimate their ability to safely operate a vehicle even with little alcohol in their system. Alcohol is a major factor in fatal accidents for younger drivers ranging from their teens to young adulthood.
Younger drivers, alcohol and car accidents
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more than 48,000 teen drivers were involved in drunk driving accidents in 2021. Those collisions accounted for 111 fatalities among teen drivers and over 11,700 injuries. In drivers ranging from 15 to 19, six deaths stemmed from drunk driving.
Younger drivers between 16 and 19 are at the greatest risk of car accidents than their counterparts from any other age group. They are also at a much higher risk, three times, to be exact, of being killed as a result of these accidents. Young adults between 21 and 34 also have a higher risk of fatal crashes due to alcohol consumption.
Keeping younger drivers safer
If you are the parent of a teen or young adult driver, keeping them safe is one of your biggest priorities. Educating your child early is the best way to instill good values and responsible driving behavior. Stress the importance of never getting behind the wheel even after drinking small amounts of alcohol. Teach them about other unacceptable driving behaviors they should avoid.
Ensure that your child knows the state laws regarding drunk driving. Those under 21 can be arrested and charged with driving under the influence even with a blood alcohol content of 0.02%. Explain the rules of the road and teach your child about the consequences they might face if they violate them.
Enrolling your child in a continuing driver’s education course can help them stay fresh. When they develop good driving habits early, they can take them well into their future and be a responsible driver.