Death is real, and don't you forget it!

Ronnie Garrett
Editorial Director
Law Enforcement Technology magazine

  • Speeding down curvy, Northern Wisconsin roads was cool.
  • We had it “all under control†when we drank and drove.
  • Playing “chicken†with a motor vehicle or car surfing was a way to have fun.
  • While teenagers account for 10 percent of the U.S. population, they are responsible for 12 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths. n Teens are more likely than older drivers to underestimate hazardous situations or dangerous situations or not be able to recognize hazardous situations.
  • Teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use.
  • In 2005, 23 percent of drivers, ages 15 to 20, who died in motor vehicle crashes had a BAC of 0.08 g/dl or higher. That same year nearly 30 percent of teens reported that within the previous month, they had ridden with a driver who had been drinking alcohol, and one in 10 reported having driven after drinking alcohol within the same one-month period.