Pitfalls of teenage Drunk Driving
There are several problems in life that seem trivial at first sight, nut turn out to be gigantic in nature when carefully inspected. One such problem is that of drunk driving and especially teenage drunk driving. This habit is partially successful due to our affinity towards alcohol and despite some legislative attempts to ban its usage or at least restrict it; the problem still continues to thrive. The theme of this paper is an analytical review of teenage drunk driving, the statistical significance and pitfalls of the practice.
Before considering the incidence of the problem and why it is on the rise, it is important to consider why teenagers opt for it in the first place. If lack of awareness is cited as a possible reason, then this is simply not accessible due to the media awareness programs that are aired by social organizations and the related Government departments. One of the major reasons seems to be peer pressure and the resulting need to conform to the standards of society. Drinking can be construed as an escape from reality and this habit combined with drugs is posing a serious problem for the youth of the nation (alcoholalert.com).
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has compiled startling evidence which unearths the gravity of the situation. During the year 2002, approximately 12.5 million licensed drivers fell between the ages of 16 and 20. This comes to 6.4% of the total driving population and looks to be an insignificant figure. However, the following facts depict another story:
1. During the year 2004, 4,767 fatal teenage accidents were reported by the CDC.
2. The CDC also notes that teenagers have a four fold probability of experiencing a motor vehicle collision as compared to mature counterparts.
3. The NHTSA and CDC have both discovered that motor vehicle collisions are the greatest source of deaths in the age group 15-20 years. The CDC stated that...