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Alcohol abuse down among PA teens. But is this trend permanent?

The Pennsylvania State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup has released a new study on alcohol use among teenagers and pre-teens (between the ages of 12 and 17). The initial findings should provide comfort to parents of children in this age group. The research, which was conducted between 2010 and 2016, found the following trends:

PA men are more distracted than women behind the wheel

In the smart phone era, opportunities for distraction are virtually limitless. In 2012, Pennsylvania passed a law making it illegal to text while driving. It prohibits reading, writing or sending any type of text-based message—including email or other form of instant message.

New DUI penalties take effect

New drunk driving penalties will take effect in Pennsylvania on Aug. 25 that will permit first-time offenders to continue driving if they install ignition interlock devices. Proponents argue that this law will lead to safer driving in the state. Ignition interlocks require a driver to breathe into the device before operating the vehicle. It prevents the car from starting if the driver's blood alcohol content level is above 0.025 percent.

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