Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on April 24, 2013 @ 7:02PM
Created on April 24, 2013 @ 5:55PM
As the prom and graduation season gets underway, police want to remind teenagers that it's against the law to drink and drive.
The good news is drunk driving among teens is down 54% in the past two decades, but that doesn't mean it never happens.
Now, officers want to remind teens that it's illegal to have even one drink and drive because they're underage.
Even though drunk driving is down, car accidents are still the leading cause of death among teenagers, and about a third of those accidents involve alcohol.
In our state, about 4% to 8% of high school students, age 16 or older, admitted to driving under the influence.
Officials suggest you start talking to your kids when they're young, and make sure they realize the dangers of drinking and driving.
Officers said by doing that, you could save a life.
"You have a big risk. One is it definitely impairs your driving, no matter how much you're drinking. If you're not used to the alcohol, it'll definitely impair it even more. The big risk is a group of their friends together, you're not only jeopardizing yourself, but you're jeopardizing three or four other lives that's in your vehicle," said Deputy Rodney Rolenson of the Upshur County Sheriff's Department.
If you do drink, officers said you need to call someone for a ride, and never drive yourself or get into a car with anyone who has been drinking.
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