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

Ronnie Garrett Editorial Director Law Enforcement Technology magazine Last month, highway patrol officers visited 20 classrooms at Oceanside, California’s El Camino High School to deliver some horrific news: Several classmates had been killed...

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.
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