WAMU 88.5 : News

Driving Under The Influence: Higher Rates At Younger Ages

Play associated audio

In an average year, 30 million Americans drive while drunk and 10 million drive while impaired by illicit drugs, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The group surveyed U.S. drivers and found that teens and young adults had much higher rates for driving intoxicated.

"We asked individuals in the past year, had they used drugs or alcohol while driving, and we looked at both national and state estimates," Delany says.

The information indicates that nearly 20 percent of drivers, aged 16 to 25, had recently driven under the influence. That number drops to nearly 12 percent for drivers in the age group of 26 years and older.

For the D.C. metropolitan area, the numbers reflect a general decrease in irresponsible driving since the group's last report, which surveyed drivers from 2000 to 2005, says Dr. Peter Delany, who works for the group.

NPR

National Museum of African American History Opens Its Doors

More than 100 years after it was originally proposed, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening its doors in Washington, D.C.
NPR

While Everyone Was Partying At Woodstock, I Was Stuck At Schrafft's

The chain restaurant that catered to women helped redefine how Americans eat, according to a new book. For NPR's Lynn Neary, it also defined how she did and didn't fit with the counterculture.
NPR

Newspaper Endorsements Matter Most When They're Unexpected

The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton on Saturday, but an endorsement that came the day before from a smaller paper may matter more to its readers, for the simple fact that it was unexpected.
NPR

As Our Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need A Guaranteed Basic Income

How will the economy provide economic opportunities if employers need fewer workers in the future? A growing number of people in Silicon Valley are saying the only realistic answer is a basic income.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.