Teens in Survey Have Loose Definition of ‘Sober’ Driving

Teens in Survey Have Loose Definition of ‘Sober’ Driving

Most teenage drivers know about dangerous behaviors behind the wheel, and yet many still admit to partaking in them.

A survey conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance says that 86 percent of teens polled realize that driving under the influence is extremely distracting, and yet two-thirds or 68 percent of those same teens admit to drinking and driving, though they at least say it rarely happens after they have consumed three drinks.

Similarly, 92 percent of these teens think that texting while driving is distracting, but still a majority of them, 86 percent, admit to using their cell phone behind the wheel.

The definition of a designated driver was also called into question by the teenage respondents, 21 percent of which are comfortable with their designated driver using drugs or alcohol in small quantities before getting behind the wheel. Four percent of the teens polled believe that the designated driver is whoever the most sober at the end of the night.


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