Education Saves Lives

Motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of untimely funerals for 15 to 20 year olds. Almost 30% of the teen drivers killed had been drinking. Can anything really change these statistics?

A study in the March 2001 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found that just five hours of school-based instruction about alcohol abuse significantly dropped serious traffic offenses among teens (by 20%) – for one year after the class. Then the effect disappeared.

I hope that driver’s education and alcohol prevention become annual events in high school and college.

Think how many precious lives could be saved.

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Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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