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Study Identifies Who is Most Likely to Drink & Drive

Study Identifies Who is Most Likely to Drink & Drive

Posted By Parks & Braxton, PA || 9-May-2016

A study conducted by Florida’s College of Medicine sought to identify risk factors that could lead adolescents to drive after drinking. According to the study, not all socioeconomic groups are equally likely to drink and drive – in fact, white males were found to be the most likely to drive while drunk than Asian, Hispanic, or Black groups. The study looked at more than 10,000 teenagers enrolled in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health: 67 percent white, 16 percent Black, 12 percent Hispanic, and 3.6 percent Asian. The participants were required to give a full report of their DUI behaviors when they reached the age of 21.

The study found that there are various cultural tendencies linked with the likelihood of drunk driving, but interestingly, the teen drivers who came from high-income families were the most likely to drive while intoxicated. The panel concluded that this may be because teens in higher earning families have more access to alcohol than those in lower-earning families. Furthermore, those who owned cars were discovered to be much more likely to drive drunk, as were those whose parents gave them unrestricted access to alcohol at home. Males were also found to be much more likely to drink and drive than females. In addition, kids with a tendency to binge drink and who used marijuana were at a much higher risk of DUI.

These findings were published in the Journal for Adolescent Health so that doctors, teachers, and parents can understand the trends that are leading more young men and women to drive unsafely.

Teen DUI in Florida

The National Institutes of Health reports that alcohol is involved in about 37 percent of all traffic deaths among drivers between the ages of 16 and 20. Thus, teen DUIs are treated very seriously in Florida. Unlike adults, teens don't need to register above a 0.08% to be arrested for a DUI in the state of Florida. In fact, law enforcement officers are willing to pull over and arrest juveniles who test anywhere above 0.00% for alcohol in their blood. Some teens that may be arrested for a DUI will be tried as adults instead of as teenagers if the offense is serious enough. Depending on the amount of alcohol in the suspect’s blood, the penalties can be severe.

If your child has been accused of a DUI and he or she is now facing a court appointment, immediately contact a dedicated and caring lawyer at Parks & Braxton, PA. Our Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of the accused in DUI cases, especially in juvenile cases with potentially life-changing implications. With more than 40 years of combined experience and thousands of DUI and criminal cases successfully defended, you can trust that we’ll stop at nothing to protect your child’s freedom and future.

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