- With more people on the roads, and celebrations and activities that often include drinking, many jurisdictions see their highest rates of drunk driving and alcohol-involved crashes in the summer.
- According to MADD, someone is killed in a drunk-driving crash every 34 minutes during Labor Day weekend.
- Underage drinking peaks in the summer and teens are more likely to be involved in a fatal crash between June and August than at other times of the year.
What you can do
Underage drinking hurts more than individual teens and their families. It affects the entire community. Fortunately, your community can play a vital role in preventing the problem. Traci L. Toomey, Ph.D., an alcohol researcher at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, suggests the following steps: