Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year olds. In 2009, 5,148 15- to 20-year old drivers were involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes, including 2,336 where 15- to 20-year old drivers were killed. More specifically, in 2009, 33%, or 771, young drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 who were killed in a crash had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01 or higher, and 28% (or 651) had a BAC of .08 or higher.
For young drivers (15- to 20-year olds) alcohol involvement in fatal crashes is higher among male drivers than their female peers – 27% among males compared to 15% among females. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, “Young Drivers” 2010)
According to The TRU Study 2012, drinking and driving continues to be an issue of great importance. Drinking and driving rounds out the list of teens’ top three social concerns. More than one-third of teens (35%) cite drinking and driving as an issue they care strongly about, making it their top life-and-death issues and ranking it third overall following child abuse (40%) and education (40%).