An East Kentucky Training Center Program
Facts About Young
In 2000, 6,495 people between the ages of 15 and
20 were killed in motor vehicle crashes—the leading cause of death for this age
Although young drivers represent only 6.6% of the
nation's licensed drivers, they are involved in 14.8% of fatal crashes.
EKTC and The National Safety Council urges all parents to
familiarize themselves with the risks associated with young, inexperienced
Facts to Know
- Traffic crashes are the
number one cause of death among children and young adults.
- More than 3,800 young
drivers age 15-20 are killed every year in traffic crashes. More than 326,000
young drivers are injured.
- Young drivers are
involved in fatal traffic crashes at over twice the rate as the rest of the
- Exceding the posted speed
limit or driving at an unsafe speed is the most common error in fatal
- About 30% of crashes
killing young drivers involve alcohol.
- More than 1,000 young
drivers lose their lives every year in crashes because of an impaired
driver... be it themselves, or someone else.
- It is illegal in every state for a person under 21 to buy and/or
publicly possess alcoholic beverages
- All states and
Washington, D.C. have zero tolerance laws. It is illegal for a minor (under
21) to purchase alcohol, so no amount of alcohol should be allowed in an
- Zero tolerance laws are typically set between .00 and .02 per se
as opposed to .08 or .10 for drivers 21 and older. Per se means that regardless of outward signs of intoxication, the amount of
alcohol detected in the driver determines legal