Drinking and Driving is Not in Anymore

Who: Chen, A. (2015). This Generation of Teens Is Drinking and Driving Less. NPR.org. Retrieved 13 January 2016, from http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/12/11/459219878/this-generation-of-teens-is-drinking-and-driving-less

What: This article talks about how the number of teens (between the ages of 16-20) that drink and drive or have driven after drinking has decreased since 2002; in 2002 the percent of teens admitting to driving under the influence was 16.2 and in 2014 it was at 6.6 percent. Also the percentage for adults (21-25) driving under the influence decreased 38 percent throughout the years. The article says that it could possibly be because of the different mechanisms being used to prevent it from happening. It also talks about a survey that was giving regarding weather people have driven after drinking or drinking and using drugs (marijuana) but never asked about only using drugs and driving. They think that that is another reason why teen drinking and driving has decreased significantly.

Why: I picked this article because I found it interesting how the rate of teens drinking and driving has actually decreased so much over time when it seems like it would have increased because teens these days are trouble makers. But then I started thinking and maybe kids just realized that doing irresponsible things aren’t what is in anymore. Then the article brought up the fact that they did the surveys but never asked how many teens have drove under the influence of just drugs (marijuana); that’s when it occurred to me that this generation isn’t so into drinking it is possible that they are more into using marijuana. This is how I see the connection between this article and the discourse theme; in Social Influence: Social Norms, Conformity, and Compliance it was stated that “According to Cialdini, Kallgren, and Reno (1991), these Injunctive norms “characterize the perception of what most people approve or disapprove” (p.203). They specify what “should” be done and are therefore the moral rules of the group. Injunctive norms motivate behavior by promising social reward or punishments for it”(Cialdini & Trost, n.d.). The way I see it is that teenagers these days are realizing that alcohol messes with one’s depth perception and other motor skills when the use of drug hardly does it’s kind of like the saying “monkey see monkey do”

How: When I read this article I was kind of shocked like I said because of the fact that the percentage decreased so much but at the same time relived because in my opinion driving with alcohol in one’s system is really dumb to do it is irresponsible and very dangerous; not just for you but everyone around you, everyone life is at risk when someone that has been drinking gets behind the wheel in the article it was stated that “In 2013, 2,163 teens died in motor vehicle accidents, according to the CDC. And 17 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were drunk” (Chen, 2015).

2 thoughts on “Drinking and Driving is Not in Anymore

  1. rosalyng2015 says:

    I found this article interesting partly because I have a teenage daughter. When her and I talk about issues at school I am generally relieved at the lack of influence alcohol and drug use has on our conversations. While I am not trying to stir up the hornet’s nest I also find this somewhat of a curiosity since like you I think of the teenage years as being experimental and therefore very troubling and dangerous. I ask myself, “If teenagers are not drinking and driving, then what are they doing?” From what I can get from my daughter and her friends it seems there are ‘safer’ ways to get home now – a – days with cabs, friends, etc… Also, there are less and less social gatherings. More and more of today’s teenagers are socializing electronically or playing video games instead of actually meeting somewhere outside of the home. One positive effect of this is that there is less and less of a need to drink and drive.


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