Entries in Traffic Fatalities (2)


Nearly One-Third of Underage Drinking Deaths Are Traffic-Related

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Nearly two-thirds of deaths due to underage drinking are not related to drunk driving, according to data analysis  released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

One of MADD's initiatives urges parents to talk to their children about alcohol, selecting April 21 as PowerTalk 21 day. In advance of this year's PowerTalk 21 day, MADD is releasing new analysis that shows just under one-third of underage drinking deaths are caused by drunk driving.

MADD estimates that 32 percent of all underage drinking deaths were caused by traffic accidents. According to the analysis, the remaining 68 percent included homicides, suicides and alcohol poisonings.

However, traffic fatalities still make up a higher percentage of underage drinking deaths than any other cause. Homicides accounted for 30 percent of the deaths in the study, suicides accounted for 14 percent, and alcohol poisonings made up 9 percent. The remaining 15 percent fell under the category of "other causes of death."

MADD advises parents to discuss alcohol consumption with their children, calling the conversation "sometimes difficult, but potentially lifesaving."

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More Teens Drink and Drive on New Year's Eve Than Other Holidays

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Adults are not the only ones who overindulge in alcohol then get behind the wheel on New Year’s Eve -- teens do it, too.

According to a recently released study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), 10 percent of teens admit to driving under the influence on New Year’s Eve, compared to just 6 percent on prom night and 4 percent after graduation.  

New Year’s Eve has the highest percentage of admitted teen drivers for a single event. 

Teens also believe that New Year’s Eve is the most dangerous time to drive, with 49 percent of them tagging that night as especially risky, due to drunk drivers on the road -- but still, they continue to contribute to the problem.

The study also found a large majority of teens would stop driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana if asked by a passenger. 

Female passengers are more likely to speak up than male ones, and teen passengers are more likely to ask a friend to stop driving after drinking than if the driver had used marijuana.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the day with the highest number of alcohol-related fatalities in 2010 was Jan.1 -- a trend that’s held up for the last decade.

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