Teen Drivers and Alcohol

Drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 are typically the least experienced drivers on the road. When alcohol is added to their inexperience, the results can be even more deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the risk of involvement in a motor vehicle crash is greater for teens than for older drivers at all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC). According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, twenty-four percent of young drivers 15 to 20 years old who were killed in crashes in 2016 had (BACs) of .01 g/dL or higher; 82 percent of those young drivers had BACs of .08 g/dL or higher. Alcohol involvement for young drivers in fatal crashes is higher among males than among females. Twenty-one percent of the young male drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2016 had some alcohol at the time of the crashes (BACs of .01 g/dL or higher), compared with fifteen percent of the young female drivers involved in fatal crashes. Simply possessing any alcoholic beverage, whether in a motor vehicle or not, can result in a license suspension for a teen.