One in ten teens drink and drive when in high school, and young drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent are 17 times more likely to be in a fatal car accident. In 2011, around 1 million teens were drinking and driving, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half of all 10th grade high school students drink alcohol, and kids that begin drinking at a younger age are seven times more likely to drink alcohol while driving, notes the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers organization.
Teenage drinking and driving is a serious problem. Many teenagers do not realize that driving under the influence, even if only "buzzed," can have fatal consequences, warns the California Courts. Teenage drivers who drink and drive are at an even greater risk due to their relative inexperience behind the wheel, in addition to their level of intoxication.
Vehicular manslaughter is the primary cause of teenage death in the United States as of 2015, according to the California Courts. Eight teenagers will die every day due to driving while intoxicated or being hit by an intoxicated driver, and most alcohol-related accidents occur between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. These crashes also occur on the weekends more often than the weekdays.