Car crashes are the number one killer of teens today, and teen drivers are involved in fatal crashes at three times the rate of adult drivers. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), in 2010 seven teens ages 16-19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries. Despite these statistics, for many years teen traffic safety didn’t receive attention or funding equal to the challenge, perhaps because there wasn’t a “voice” for the issue on Capitol Hill.

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You probably see and hear a lot about alcohol—from TV, movies, music, and your friends. But what are the real facts about underage alcohol use?

Myth Alcohol isn’t as harmful as other drugs. 
FACT Alcohol increases your risk for many deadly diseases, such as cancer. Drinking too much alcohol too quickly can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can kill you.

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Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for teens.  In Tennessee alone, more than 70,000 young drivers were involved in a traffic collision in 2013.  Many factors – including inexperience, alcohol, speeding, cell phones, and other countless distractions – all contribute to these crashes, with many resulting in death.

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