Because the problem is nation-wide...
FACT: There are more than 7.2 million underage "binge drinkers" (over 5 drinks
per occasion) in the United States. (SOURCE: U.S. Surgeon General Kenneth
Moritsugu, 2005 "National Survey on Drug Use and Health.")

FACT: 68% of college students drink, 40% binge drink, and the evidence shows
dramatic increases in the number of students who binge drink frequently (3 or
more times in 2 weeks), who drink 10 or more times per month, and who get
drunk 3 or more times per month. (SOURCE: 2007 Report by the National
Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia
University.)

FACT: Over the last 15 years, the proportion of college students using marijuana
has more than doubled, but
hundreds of thousands more college students are abusing
prescription drugs
including Ritalin, Adderall, and OxyContin. (SOURCE: 2007
Report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia
University.)

FACT: 23% of college students meet the medical criteria for substance abuse or
dependence - triple he proportion of the general population. (SOURCE: 2007
Report by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia
University.)

FACT: 60% of all high school graduation/prom date traffic fatalities involve
alcohol; on other dates, the percentage drops to about 36%. (SOURCE: National
Highway Safety Traffic Administration FARS Data.)

FACT: 47% of children under the age of 14 killed in alcohol-related traffic wrecks
were passengers in cars driven by drivers who had been drinking. (SOURCE:
National Highway Safety Traffic Administration FARS Data.)

FACT: In 2005 alone, there were 4,712 traffic wrecks in Alabama where alcohol
was the prime contributing factor, and many more where alcohol played some
role. Of the 4,712, there were 132 wrecks that involved a total of 146 people
killed. Of the 4,712, there were 1,894 wrecks that involved 2,624 people injured -
with 1,960 of those injuries classified as "incapacitating."

FACT: Substance use (including alcohol or marijuana) by passengers of teen
drivers was reported being seen at least sometimes by 53% of teenagers.
(SOURCE:  “Driving: Through the Eyes of Teens,” a research report of The
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm, at 11 (2007) (available online -
http://www.statefarm.com/_pdf/teen_drivers_research_report.pdf)).

FACT: Ten percent of teenagers occasionally or regularly drink alcohol or use
other drugs – and then drive.  (SOURCE:  “Driving: Through the Eyes of
Teens,” a research report of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State
Farm, at 13 (2007)(available online at
http://www.statefarm.
com/_pdf/teen_drivers_research_report.pdf)).

But lets look at what the data reveals insofar as
minors who drink and drive
are involved.  In 2005 alone, there were
633 traffic wrecks in Alabama
where alcohol was the prime contributing factor
involving drivers not even
old enough to drink legally!
Drunk drivers on that list were as young as 13,
and a total of 10 drunk drivers were under 16! Of the 633 traffic wrecks
listed here, 15 involved people dying. Another 253 of those wrecks involved
a total of 407 people being injured - 274 classified as "incapacitating."
Viewed realistically: 1 in about every 7 traffic wrecks in Alabama where
alcohol is the prime contributing factor is caused by a driver not even old
enough to drink legally!
(SOURCE: "2005 Alabama Accident Summary,"
Alabama Department of Public Safety.)
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Because we aren't doing enough to stop it...

FACT: 1 in 7 Shelby County 6th graders report that their parents "never" discuss
alcohol/drug problems with them, and 1 in 4 high school students say the same
thing. (SOURCE: "What Parents Need to Know," Shelby County Coalition for Safe
and Drug-free Communities.)
Because THE PROBLEM IS LOCAL...

FACT: Nearly 1 in 10 Shelby County middle school students drink alcohol
monthly; nearly 1 in 3 high school students do. (SOURCE: "What Parents
Need to Know," Shelby County Coalition for Safe and Drug-free
Communities.)

FACT: Nearly 1 in 16 middle school students use illicit drugs monthly; nearly 1
in 6 high school students do. (SOURCE: "What Parents Need to Know,"
Shelby County Coalition for Safe and Drug-free Communities.)

FACT: More than 1/2 of public high school students in Mobile and Baldwin
Counties drink alcohol. (SOURCE: "Mobile Area Private Schools' Anti-Drug
Effort Includes Parents," Mobile Press Register, 9-24-08, citing Alabama
Department of Education survey.)
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