SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Springfield High School reenacted a mock car accident involving alcohol Friday. The reenactment involved a fatality. LifeFlight, police, fire and other emergency agencies participated. Statistics suggest that 60 percent of teenage deaths in car accidents are related to alcohol. Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death among teens aged 15 to 20. Even further exacerbating the situation, 70 percent of teens still drink alcohol.
Some reasons why teenagers begin drinking alcohol:
Availability (party, friends, etc.)
Thinking alcohol is cool due to friends, television, or movies
Not knowing any better
A few reasons why a teen may drink and then get behind the wheel:
Not knowing that it is wrong
Not wanting to get in trouble by calling parents, friends, etc.
Feeling like there isn’t another way to get home
Thinking that it is not a big deal
Feeling that it is okay since other teens may do it
Not thinking about the consequences
Statistics of Teenage Drunk Driving
Half of teen deaths from motor vehicle accidents happen between 3:00 P.M. and midnight. Moreover, 54 percent happen on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
Eight teens die daily as the result of an alcohol related car accident. Approximately 1,500 teens, ages 15 to 20, will die in car accidents every year.
About 14 percent of all motor vehicle accidents that are fatal are due to teens driving.