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New study on underage drinking deaths

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(KATV) It's prom season, a time when many parents talk to their teens about the dangers of drinking and driving. But new data shows that the majority of deaths go beyond what happens on the roadways, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

The organization found that 68% of the fatalities in young people weren't a consequence of being behind the wheel but were due to homicides, suicides, alcohol poisoning and other causes.   

According to MADD, there are an estimated 4,700 annual underage drinking-related road crash deaths in the United States. From 2010 federal government data, the group found that 32 percent of the drinking-related deaths among young people aged 15 to 20 involved traffic crashes, while 68 percent involved incidents such as murder (30 percent), suicide (14 percent), alcohol poisoning (9 percent) and other causes (15 percent).

There is a MADD office in Little Rock, for more information, click here.