Gee I'm tired of this subject and Christchurch Mayor Gary Moore's opining about parenting and alcohol and fast cars (my Austin A40 wouldn't spin the gravel in the driveway) is pointless. We don't have a crisis; that is, a problem that's gotten far, far worse. Just take a snapshot.
In 1985 there were 274 road deaths with alcohol as a factor. 2005 - 115.
In 1985 23% of the drivers affected by alcohol were 15-19. 2005 - 20%.
In 1985 the population was 3.3 million. 2005 - 4 million.
In 1985 there were 8.3 road deaths with alcohol as a factor per 100,000 population. In 2005 there were 2.9 per 100,000.