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Young drivers showing more responsibility on the road

Posted On Tue, June 12, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report which showed that fewer high school students took part in dangerous activities while out on the road in recent years.

The government report, "2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey," showed that while car crashes are close to one-third of all teen deaths annually, there were promising statistics that surfaced over the past two decades.

While 26 percent of high school students did not typically wear seatbelts in the car in 1991, this figure dropped to 8 percent in 2011, the report explained. Only 24 percent of students drove in the same vehicle with a driver under the influence of alcohol in the past month during 2011. This was significantly lower than the previous figure of 24 percent. Another 8 percent said they drove after consuming alcohol in the past month last year, which was lower than 1991's figure of 17 percent.

"We are encouraged that more of today’s high school students are choosing healthier, safer behaviors, such as wearing seat belts, and are avoiding behaviors that we know can cause them harm, such as binge drinking or riding with impaired drivers," said Dr. Howell Wechsler, director of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health.

"However, these findings also show that despite improvements, there is a continued need for government agencies, community organizations, schools, parents, and other community members to work together to address the range of risk behaviors prevalent among our youth," Wechsler added.

It is not only important to tell young drivers about the dangers of driving, but it could be a smart plan to be certain they are covered properly in case they get into an accident. By looking at a host of auto insurance quotes, parents may find a plan that works for the entire family at a reasonable price.

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