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CDC Vital Signs Examines Teen Drinking and Driving

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CDC Vital Signs is a series of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publications that addresses a single public health topic each month. The October 2012 issue provides recent statistics about drinking and driving among high school teens and offers solutions to help curb this dangerous behavior.

The report notes that although the percentage of teens who drink and drive has decreased substantially in the past two decades, nearly one million high school teens still drank alcohol and got behind the wheel in 2011. Further, one in five teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had some alcohol in their system in 2010.

Proven strategies to prevent teen drinking and driving are outlined. These include minimum legal drinking age laws, zero tolerance laws (making it illegal for those under 21 to drive after drinking any amount of alcohol), Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) systems, and parental involvement. The publication also provides specific action items for states and communities, pediatricians and other health professionals, teens, and parents.

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