Statistics reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities spikes from April to June, the months of graduation and prom. More than 60 percent of traffic fatalities among 15-to 20-year-olds that occur during the weeks of graduation and prom are alcohol related. Compared with a sober driver of the same age, a driver age 16 to 20 years old with a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.08 percent is estimated to be 32 times as likely to die in a single-vehicle crash and 13 times as likely to be in a crash in which the young driver lives but someone else dies. Talk to your children about the dangers of drinking and driving. Let’s keep them safe.
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