According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 13.3 million licensed drivers between 15 and 20 years of age in the United States in 2007 (latest available data). Unfortunately, motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year olds. (Source: NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts “Young Drivers,” 2011)
In 2009, 11 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were young drivers 15- to 20- years old. More specifically, 5,148 15- to 20-year old drivers were involved in fatal crashes, including 2,336 driver fatalities. Among 15- to 20-year old drivers involved in fatal crashes, 33% of the drivers who were killed had been drinking and 28% 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,” 2011)