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NCJ Number: 190263 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Impaired Driving Among Youth: Trends and Tools for Prevention
Corporate Author: Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
United States of America
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 40
Publication Number: (SMA)99-3364
Sale Source: Charlot Holtzkamper
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Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presented trend data on impaired driving among youth and summarized some of the most effective strategies for preventing impaired driving by young people in the United States.
Abstract: Drivers 15- to 20-years-old have been seen as having a higher rate of fatal alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes than older drivers. A recurring result in impaired driving research had shown that young drivers more frequently crashed at lower blood alcohol concentrations than did older drivers. One reason suggested that young drivers were inexperienced with drinking, driving, or both. As a result, drinking and driving by youth had become a major focus of preventionists for the past 15 years. Many strategies have been shown to prevent alcohol-related crashes among youth. Community organization and mobilization were often the mechanisms used for implementing these strategies. This report presented and described three youth-oriented deterrence and alcohol policy strategies. The first strategy was the Age 21 Laws. Minimum age 21 alcohol purchase laws were put in place in all 50 States and the District of Columbia. In the Zero Tolerance strategy, many States have enacted BAC (Blood-Alcohol Content) limits of 0.02 percent or less for drivers under age 21. The final strategy discussed was the Graduated Licensing process where learning drivers could be gradually granted driving privileges. References, tables, and graphs
Main Term(s): Youthful DUI offenders
Index Term(s): Alcohol-Related Offenses; Alcoholic beverage consumption; Driver training; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Drunk driver programs; Legal drinking age; Legal driving age; Underage Drinking; Youthful offenders
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