New Study Shows 1 in 10 Teens Drink and Drive on New Year's Eve
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- New Year's Eve is a time of celebration and new beginnings, but toasting the holiday and then getting behind the wheel is a serious safety issue.
A new study found that 1 in 10 teen drivers say they drink and drive on New Year's Eve.
There are an estimated 13 million teen drivers in the U.S. and over 1,000 of them die behind the wheel from alcohol-related accidents every year.
Parents are encouraged to talk to their kids about drinking and driving, but an alarming number of parents are actually allowing their teens to drink or even host parties where alcohol is served.
Kennewick Police said drinking and driving is risky for everyone, but that risk is even greater for young people who are new to driving.
"There is that risk that they could be involved in a collision, higher than someone who has been on the road for a while and has some experience. Then when you throw alcohol on top of it, it could be a recipe for disaster," said Cpl. Matt Newton, Kennewick Police Department.
Party hosts can be liable for giving alcohol to minors, but a recent study says 47% of teens are allowed by their parents to go to parties where alcohol is served.
If parents don't take a stand against that behavior, teens' peers can make an impact.
Ninety-two percent of teen drivers say they would stop driving under the influence if a passenger asked them to.