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Binge Drinking Teens Could Lead to New York Car Accidents

Published March 29, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

We have covered various topics focused on teen drivers, including the dangers of distracted driving and drugged driving. We are bringing this information to the public not to “pick” on young drivers, but to educate New Yorkers about key issues that affect the safety of our New York teens when they get behind the wheel. A recent report by ABC News Nightline raises one more teen driving safety issue – binge drinking among teenage girls.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports automobile accidents are the number one cause of death for teens. In fact, according to the USA Today, every day an average of 11 teenagers die in car crashes in the United States. Unfortunately, according to the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, only 59% of parents are aware of this statistic.

Ju Ju Chang, Nightline’s reporter covering this alarming story, pointed out that not surprisingly, the parents were completely unaware that their teenage daughters were engaging in such reckless behavior. Chang reported that one in every four teen girls binge drinks. According to the report, teen girls are faced with enormous pressure to fit in, leading them to drink alcohol to lower their inhibitions and feel more a part of the “in” crowd.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in a study released earlier this year that teens drink to get drunk, as opposed to unwinding like adult social drinkers. Further, the CDC found that 90% of the alcohol consumed by teens is consumed while binge drinking. That means that teens are drinking four to five alcoholic drinks per occasion, two or three times per month. However, Nightline highlighted teenage girls that were consuming over 10 drinks in one evening.

Unfortunately, many of these teen binge drinkers then get behind the wheel leading to death or injury to themselves or others. SafeNY reports, of the 1,192 traffic accident fatalities in the state in 2010, 354, or 30%, of them were alcohol-related. In addition, the percentage of alcohol-impaired female drivers in alcohol-related fatal and serious injury motor vehicle crashes is on an upward trend. In 2010, 23.5% of the alcohol-related crashes involved alcohol-impaired female drivers compared to 20% in 2006.

Our Binghamton car accident attorneys remind teens that drinking alcohol is not healthy, is not safe and it’s against the law. When teens get behind the wheel after drinking, an accident is very likely. We ask everyone to find a designated driver if you will be out drinking. Please do not drink and drive.

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Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a New York accident due to a drunk driver, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 304-4121 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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