Student Drunk Driving may Raise Auto Insurance Claims

More college students have admitted to driving drunk.A recent study found that 20 percent of college students admit to drunk driving, which has the serious potential to result in car crashes and higher auto insurance claims.

The study was conducted by the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and it also found that 40 percent of college students have ridden in a car with a drunk driver, HealthDay reported. These young drivers are also much more likely to drink and drive once they turn 21.

With such a large percentage of college students drinking and driving, the likelihood of motor vehicle crashes rises exponentially and can result in a larger number of automobile claims. DUI convictions and traffic accidents will only make finding affordable car insurance for young drivers more difficult.

Young men were found to be more likely to drink and drive. However, both males and females were discovered to be likely to participate in this risky behavior, HealthDay said. While other studies have indicated that younger students are more likely to drink, this one shows that alcohol use increases with age.

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers reported that in 2001, 2.8 million college students drove while drunk.ADNFCR-3298-ID-19826010-ADNFCR

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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