Teens More Responsible

Significantly fewer students in grades 9 through 12 are riding with a driver who has consumed alcohol and significantly more are wearing seatbelts, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"The youth in our high schools are increasingly acting like responsible young men and women -- making responsible choices that will protect themselves now and well into the future," said Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) report sampled 13,601 students in grades 9 through 12. It is conducted every two years to representative, scientifically-selected samples of students throughout the U.S. and is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Reference:

  • Department of Health and Human services. HHS Report Shows Teens Making More Responsible Decisions. Department of Health and Human Services news release, June 21, 2002.

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