The number of teens who are drinking and driving has shrunk by more
than half since 1991, the Centers for Disease Control report.
and driving among teens in high school has fallen 54% in the past 21
years, the CDC finds. But it's still a problem. One in 10 teens say they
have consumed alcohol and driven, amounting to 2.4 million times a
Worse, 85% of teens in high school who report drinking and
driving in the past month also say they consumed five or more alcoholic
drinks within a couple of hours. That's so-called binge drinking.
20% of teen drivers in fatal crashes had alcohol in their systems. Out
of those 81% had enough alcohol in their blood to be considered legally
drunk, the CDC adds. And, of course, no one can legally drink any
alcohol, then get behind the wheel, before they are age 18.