In the United States fifty percent of motor vehicle accidents that claim the lives of children and teens are fueled by alcohol, the researchers noted. They also saw that areas with "tougher laws" had a 9 percent decrease in adolescent and teen crash deaths. These came to fruition by the work put forth by politicians, community members, law enforcement, and the alcohol industry.
But the states with the toughest policies saw a 9 percent decrease in child and teen crash deaths. Some important policies are as follows:
1. You must be 21 to drink alcohol in the United States
2. Ignition interlock laws reduce alcohol-involved fatal crashes
3. Teen curfews or teens not being able to have a group of friends in their car during certain times of the day.
*Of the nearly 85,000 kids and teens killed in car crashes in the United States between 2000 and 2013.
*42,500 adolescent deaths involved drivers that had alcohol in their system, although the alcohol may not have been "over the legal alcohol limit" at the time of the incident.
*23,800 adolescent deaths involved drivers who when tested were legally drunk.
"To reduce alcohol-related crash deaths among youth, it is important to strengthen policies that focus on adults, not just youth, and that focus on drinking, not just driving," said senior study author Dr. Tim Naimi, an alcohol epidemiologist at Boston University's School of Medicine."