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Teens still drink and drive in South Carolina

Some reports show that teen drinking and driving is actually going down, both in South Carolina and all across the United States. In fact, comparing the numbers from 1991 with those gathered in 2012 shows that drunk driving by teens fell by more than half -- 54 percent -- in roughly 20 years.

However, it's important to note that this movement does not mean it is no longer an issue. Ten percent of all teens still drink and drive. These drivers die in accidents far more often than those who do not drink and drive, with drivers who fall between the ages of 16 and 20 clocking in at a full 17 percent more likely to pass away if their blood alcohol concentration goes over the legal limit of .08 percent.

So, how common is this on a national scale? The numbers from 2011, which were still far lower than those in 1991, indicating that 1 million students in high school decided to drink and drive, despite all being well below the legal drinking age.

It's important to note that the survey that gathered this data was distributed to teens ages 16 and up, and it asked them if they had consumed alcohol and then driven a vehicle in the last month. The numbers are based on the amount who admitted to it within that time frame.

Have you been arrested for drunk driving, and are you unsure what to do since you are underage? If so, it's very important for you to understand all of your legal options and your rights before you go to court, as this could have a large impact on your future.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Teen Drinking and Driving" accessed Mar. 24, 2015

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