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Teens admit to driving after drinking or doing drugs

People generally know that teenagers can be more reckless, impulsive and daring than older adults. We also know that teenagers are less experienced when it comes to driving a car. The combination of these characteristics make young, novice drivers some of the most dangerous. With summer right around the corner, teens all across Iowa will have more free time, and the chances of getting injured in an accident with a teenage driver will be very real.

One of the most distressing things about teenagers is that they often engage in dangerous behaviors without considering the consequences of their actions. For example, according to a recent survey, nearly one quarter of teens admit to driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol even though they know it is against the law.

Drivers who are drunk typically experience slower reflexes, poor vision and impaired cognitive functions. Their ability to think clearly and make quick, smart decisions can be seriously affected which is why it is illegal to drive while impaired. However, the recent study indicates that of the 23 percent of teens who admit to driving drunk, 20 percent believe that they are actually better drivers when they are drinking.

Novice drivers can already be unpredictable behind the wheel because they simply have not had much experience driving. But adding alcohol to the mix generally makes these drivers even more of a risk to other people on the road.

Drunk driving is one of the most reckless things a person can do behind the wheel. A person who has made the decision to drive drunk should be held accountable for his or her actions. This can be especially true if an impaired driver causes an accident that results in damage and injuries.

Source: Des Moines Register, "23% of teens do drugs, drive," Sharyn Jackson, April 25, 2013

  • Our Iowa law firm works with victims of accidents that are caused by an impaired and reckless driver. For more information on this area, please visit our page on drunk driving accidents.

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