According to, teen drivers (ages 16 to 19) are involved in fatal crashes at four times the rate of adult drivers (ages 25 to 69).

Each year, more than 5,000 teens are killed in motor vehicle crashes. A factor in many teen accidents is the presence of alcohol.

The CDC states that:

  • One in 10 high school students aged 16 years and older said they had driven a vehicle one or more times during the past 30 days when they had been drinking alcohol.
  • Young drivers (ages 16-20) are 17 times more likely to die in a crash when they have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% than when they have not been drinking.
  • Nearly one million high school teens drank alcohol and got behind the wheel in 2011.
  • Teen drivers are 3 times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash. Drinking any alcohol greatly increases this risk for teens.
  • 1 in 5 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had some alcohol in their system in 2010. Most of these drivers (81%) had blood alcohol contents higher than the legal limit for adults.

The theme for this year’s National Teen Driver Safety Week was “It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving.” Parents can help reduce the number of teen car crashes by talking to their child and enforcing rules about wearing seat belts, being an attentive driver, not texting and driving, and not drinking and driving.

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