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CDC reports that youth DUI dropping dramatically

It is rare that we get to share good news about drinking and driving in the U.S., so we are happy about at government report claiming that drunk driving among young people has gone way down in the past several years, as reported by NPR.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a new report that just 6.6 percent of drivers aged 16 to 20 admitted drinking and driving in 2014. While still too many, that is a much smaller percentage than in 2002, when 16.2 percent of teens said they had committed DUI.

Among those surveyed who were of legal drinking age, the rate of self-reported drinking and driving also went down. About 38 percent fewer young adults over 21 reported driving under the influence in 2014, compared with 2002.

The authors of the CDC report believe several things contributed to this positive trend. Tightened DUI enforcement, such as the use of police checkpoints, likely had an effect, as did anti-drunk driving campaigns by groups like Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.

Of course, this does not mean there are not young drunk drivers on Pittsburgh’s streets anymore. The CDC said that 17 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2013 were drunk at the time. Impaired drivers frequently cause violent collisions, badly hurting innocent victims in the process.

But drivers in their teens and 20s are not the only ones capable of driving drunk. Drivers of all ages get into DUI crashes in Pittsburgh. One person’s decision to drink and drive can result in serious injury, permanent disability and death for others.

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