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Survey: 1 in 3 teens rode with drunk drivers last year

Posted at 4:12 PM, Oct 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-21 16:40:01-04

It's a scary picture of what's happening on the nation's roads.

New survey data shows one in three teenagers rode with a drunk driver in the last year. One in four teenagers said they were willing to get in a car with a driver who had been drinking.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving and State Farm Insurance conducted the survey of teens ages 15 to 20.

However, their peers aren't always to blame. The survey found 28 percent of the time, a parent or guardian is behind the wheel. Another 13 percent reported another family member was the intoxicated driver. 

"Besides it being terrible parenting, it's also illegal," said Fran Lanzer, with MADD's Colorado office.

Lanzer hopes the disturbing data will spark change. He says 90 percent of the teens surveyed were willing to talk to their peers about making better decisions when it comes to riding with drunk drivers. 

This month, MADD is offering underage teens a free booklet about how to deal with peer pressure.

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