Drunk driving laws and increased patrols have lowered the number of drunk driving accidents, but still a drunk driver has a significantly higher chance of being involved in an auto accident than getting arrested with a DUI. What makes these worse is when a fatality results from a teen drunk driving under the legal drinking age.
Sunday, September 26th, a fatal drunk driving accident took the life of a 17-year-old boy. Four 17-year-old boys were driving in a 1989 Ford Bronco when the vehicle left the roadway hitting several trees and rolling over. The fatal auto accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. on D-Line Road in Capitol Forest. Passenger, Michael Conine of Centralia was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, but sadly died from injuries sustained in the accident. The three other boys involved in the accident were treated for injuries at the scene, one had serious injuries.
Blood tests have confirmed that alcohol was involved in this fatal auto accident the 17-year-old driver has been arrested with vehicular assault and vehicular homicide.
Being a parent as well as an auto accident attorney I fear for the day when my two young boys will receive their licenses and drive themselves. Though the teen auto accident statistics are a little disheartening we can help protect our children by simply parenting. According to studies teens that have a strong no alcohol message while growing up are less likely to use alcohol. To learn more about how to help protect your teen from drunk driving accidents and to learn how to start the conversation read the article: Talking to Your Kids About Drunk Driving.