Facts About Teen Driving
Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of American teens.
In 2011, 1,978 young drivers (ages 15-20) were killed in motor vehicle crashes.
Crashes involving young drivers also claimed the lives of nearly 2,780 other people in 2011 alone:
- 1,191 passengers riding with young drivers were killed
- 1,120 people in other vehicles were killed
- 469 pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-occupants were killed
New teen drivers are more likely to crash than other drivers.
- Teen drivers ages 16 to 19 have a fatality rate four times the rate of drivers ages 25 to 69. Sixteen-year-old drivers have a crash rate three times more than 17-year-olds, 5 times greater than 18-year-olds, and two times that of 85-year-olds.*
- Young drivers were involved in 1,229,000 crashes in 2011.*
Risky behavior lead to crashes, injuries, and deaths.
- In 2011, 24% of young drivers involved in fatal crashes were drinking.*
- In 2011, 32% of young drivers who were killed in crashes had a BAC of .01 or higher, and 26% had a BAC of .08 or higher.*
- In 2011, 19.3% of young drivers involved in a fatal crash had previously been convicted of speeding .*
Crashes invovling young drivers are costly to society.
- The estimated economic cost of police-reported crashes involving drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 was $40.8 billion in the United States in 2002 alone.*
*Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.