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Texas Teens Send Message to Peers: “Don’t Drink & Drive”

Texas officials and safety advocates are pushing for new approaches to educating teens about the dangers of teenage drunk driving. Of Texans under age 21 who were killed in traffic crashes in 2009, 185 were drunk themselves or were in a car with a drunk driver. Texas has a rate of five alcohol-related driving fatalities per 100,000 people. For those under 21, the rate is 2.3 alcohol-related driving fatalities per 100,000 people. Although teen fatalities caused by drunk drivers in Texas dropped by over 42 percent from 1999 to 2009, the numbers are still unsettling for many. Alcohol is an influential factor in...

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