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How doctors can help prevent car crashes

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Teenage Drinking and Driving Decreases 54%

A new CDC reports that the percentage of teens in high school who drink and drive has decreased by more than half (54%) since 1991.

However, more can be done since nearly one million high school teens drank alcohol and got behind the wheel in 2011.

Parents can do their part by signing a Parent-Teen Driver Agreement that reinforces the rules of safe driving and outlines the privileges and consequences of unsafe behavior.

Here is a link to a sample contract developed by the CDC http://www.cdc.gov/ParentsAreTheKey/agreement/index.html

Doctors Warning to Patients Decreases Car Crashes by 45%

There are certain medical conditions that put drivers at risk. The most common are seizures, blackouts and diabetes (either hypo- or hyperglycemia).

Canadian researchers found a 45 percent drop in the annual rate of accidents for patients after doctors warned patients about their condition, and when appropriate, reported them to the local driving authorities.

The accident rate fell immediately after the warnings, but researchers also noticed that individuals developed an increased incidence of depression.

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