So what's the big deal, anyway?
In the United States, 70.8% of all deaths among youth and young adults aged 10-24 result from only four causes: motor vehicle crashes (32.3%), other unintentional injuries (11.7%), homicides (15.1%), and suicides (11.7%).
30% of all students nationwide had ridden in a car or other vehicle one or more times during the last 30 days with a driver who had been drinking alcohol (YRBSS, 2004).
20% of 12th graders nationwide have driven after drinking alcohol (YRBSS, 2004)
The prevalence of current marijuana use was 24% among 11th graders and 26% among 12th graders.