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San Jose Police Aim at Preventing Drunk Driving Among Teens

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San Jose car accident attorney, car accident injuries, drunk driving, teen drivers, San Jose policeDriving under the influence of alcohol or any intoxicating substance significantly increases your risk for car accidents and injuries. This is particularly true for teen drivers, who are more likely to be involved in serious and potentially fatal collisions than any other age group.

To help raise awareness of the very real dangers, San Jose Police have been aggressively working on outreach efforts that focus on the consequences of drunk driving and the actual impacts that can happen when a collision occurs.

Teens and Drunk Driving

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that car accidents are a leading cause of death among teenagers, and the use of alcohol is one of the leading contributing causes. In roughly a quarter of all car accidents impacting those between the ages of 15 and 20, the driver had been drinking in the time period before the accident. One out of every five had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent.

Alcohol abuse is a significant problem among young people, who are more inclined to engage in binge drinking than their older counterparts. Due to their age, size, and emotional development, the effects of alcohol on teenagers tends to be more exaggerated. Impacts it can have on driving behavior include:

  • Decreased inhibitions, making reckless driving behaviors, such as running stop signs and racing other vehicles, more likely;
  • Lack of concentration, causing them to be more easily distracted by passengers and electronic devices;
  • Lack of coordination, which can impair their ability to perform basic tasks associated with driving; and
  • Poor judgement, making them more likely to go over the speed limit and to not wear seat belts.

Peer pressure is another area in which teens are at greater risk than adults. Teens are less likely to confront a friend who may have had too much to drink. They are also more inclined to just ‘go along with the crowd,’ getting into the car with someone who is obviously drunk even though they know it is dangerous.

San Jose Police Outreach Efforts

Teen drivers pose a risk to themselves, as well as to other drivers on the road. To combat the problems, the SJPD Traffic Enforcement Unit conducts DUI checkpoints and does outreach efforts with local high schools. They use the DUI crash trailer, which contains an actual vehicle involved in a fatal DUI accident. This allows students to see the actual damages these accidents can cause. It is an image law enforcement hopes will stick with them the next time they think of drinking and getting behind the wheel.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

Accidents caused by drunk drivers are devastating events, leaving victims and their loved ones struggling to recover both physically and emotionally. If you or someone you care about is involved in this type of accident, contact Jachimowicz Law Group for help. Our skilled San Jose car accident attorneys can advise you on how to get the compensation you need to recover. Request a free consultation in our office today.

Source:

https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html

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