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Teens and drunk driving
Aaseng, Nathan.
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Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
96 pages ; illustrations : 24 cm.
Examines teens and drunk driving, discussing how drinking affects driving ability, who drinks and drives and why, the law and drunk driving, and preventing drunk driving tragedies.
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HE5620.D72 A27 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HE5620.D72 A27 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Young Adult

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Despite signs that the tide may be turning, teen drunk driving continues to claim over six thousand lives a year. Society's attitudes toward drinking and private transportation contribute to the problem, while experts debate whether public awareness programs or stricter law enforcement is the key.

Author Notes

Nathan Aaseng grew up in Minnesota and worked as a microbiologist for four years before becoming a writer.

He has written over ninety books for young readers, including biographies, and sports and science books.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-This title traces the rise of drunk driving among teens and discusses efforts-beginning in the 1980s-to ameliorate the tragic consequences of this behavior. Local measures, the work of voluntary groups such as MADD and RID, national legislation raising the legal drinking age to 21, and the availability of tests that efficiently determine the level of alcohol in the bloodstream have dramatically reduced alcohol-related deaths on the roads. Aaseng states, however, that teenagers are still more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol than other population groups, and motor-vehicle accidents remain the leading cause of death for this age group. Detailed chapters explain the effects of alcohol on the nervous system of a young drinker and elaborate upon the legal consequences for offenders. Although the trend appears to be toward tougher laws and stricter penalties, Aaseng mentions other approaches, such as raising taxes on alcohol, limiting advertising, reducing the need to drive, phased licenses, and ignition locks that operate only after a breathalyzer test. Most statistics are from 1996 or earlier. This book will be useful mainly for reports. Elaine Landau's Teenage Drinking (Enslow, 1994) and Hayley Mitchell's Teen Alcoholism (Lucent, 1997) address drinking and driving. Jane Claypool's Alcohol and You (Watts, 1997) has a full chapter on the subject.-Libby K. White, Jewish Vocational Services, Baltimore, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.