Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on October 05, 2012 @ 8:46PM
Created on October 05, 2012 @ 5:06PM
The Center for Disease Control released a report this week that found the number of teens who drink and drive is down.
In fact, it's gone down about 50% since 1991, but it's still a problem.
That's why local law enforcement want to remind you that it's very dangerous to get behind the wheel if you've been drinking.
Officers want teens to know it's not a good idea, and against the law, to drink and drive.
For parents, officers suggest talking with your kids so they know how serious it really is.
While the rates have gone down a good bit, one in ten teens still said they've consumed alcohol and then driven a car.
Not only that, but about 85% of those teens also admitted to binge drinking.
What makes this a startling statistic is that about 20% of teen drivers in fatal crashes had alcohol in their systems.
But, there are things you can do to make sure your teen knows the dangers of drinking and driving.
The best thing to do is talk with them.
Be open and explain to them that there are serious consequences that could stay with them for a lifetime.
"I think it's important for parents to be open with their kids. The first thing is you don't want your kids to drink at all, but you also have to be realistic and say that it is possible they're going to experiment. So, first you should preach abstinence, I agree, but you should also be realistic and if they are going to drink, don't drink and drive," said Sheriff John Hawkins of the Barbour County Sheriff's Department.
Parents also said it's important to them to make sure their kids are aware of the dangers.
"You need to stress to your kids how important it is and how important their lives are and to not drink and drive. We lose children every year during homecomings, stuff like that because they're out partying," said Tonquilla Watson, who has a 9 year old son.
Again, officers suggest always talking with your kids and making sure they realize the consequences.
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