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Risky teen driving increases during summer vacation

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PASCO, Wash.- Leaders at the Washington State Department of Health say summer vacation can be a dangerous time for teenagers.

They say risky behavior like drinking and driving increase as high school seniors celebrate graduation.

A 2010 survey shows one in eight seniors admit to drinking and driving.

Police say parents should talk to their children and give them options.

"There's a chance your kids are going to drink. Speak to them. Let them know that if they are under the influence of alcohol they can call a parent. That's a lot better than them getting in a car, driving, and getting in an accident," says Officer Jonathan Davis of the Pasco Police Department.

Parents are also advised to lock up their alcohol and prescription drugs so they are not easily accessible.