By Mary Sauer
A survey of 600 individuals between the ages of 15 and 20 revealed most teenagers believe it is dangerous to drive while intoxicated, but many do not allow their belief to affect their decisions concerning riding with someone who has been drinking.
Thirty percent of teenagers shared they would be willing to ride with a drunk driver because of concerns of harming the friendship, according to the online poll by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, and State Farm Insurance. The results of this survey were supported by another study by the journal Pediatrics, which also found 30 percent of respondents would ride with a driver who had been drinking or even drive themselves after drinking.
A number of factors could influence this decision, including peer pressure and poor planning for an alternative if the occasion arises for them to ride with an impaired driver. Researchers hope this information will encourage parents to talk with their children regularly about making the safest choice when the opportunity to ride with an impaired driver arises.