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Teen Drivers are getting safer....

Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began recording alcohol-related statistics in 1982, among persons under 21, the number killed in drunk driving crashes decreased 76% from the record high of 5,215 in 1982 to 1,249 in 2011. These fatalities account for 13% of the drunk driving fatalities in the U.S. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2013)

But they still represent one of the biggest dangers on the road

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 12.6 million licensed drivers between 15 and 20 years of age in the United States in 2011. Unfortunately, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year olds. (Source: NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts “Young Drivers,” 2013)

Preventing underage drinking plays a role

In 2011, 10 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were young drivers 15- to 20- years old.  More specifically, 4,347 15- to 20-year old drivers were involved in fatal crashes, including 1,987 driver fatalities. Among 15- to 20-year old drivers involved in fatal crashes, 32% of the drivers who were killed had been drinking and 26% who were killed in crashes had a BAC of .08 or higher. Nearly two percent of these young drivers involved in a fatal crash had a previous DWI conviction (Source: NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts “Young Drivers,” 2013).

Learn more about drunk driving research, underage drinking statistics, and other programs to stop underage drinking.


Fact Box Citations
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Traffic Safety Facts, “Young Drivers,” 2013
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts, “Distracted Driving 2010,” September 2012
Liberty Mutual/SADD Teen Driving Survey, 2009
NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts, “Young Drivers,” 2013
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “Teen Driver Safety: Fact Sheet,” 2011
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “Teen Driver Safety: Fact Sheet,” 2011