Although teen drivers are less likely than adults to drink and drive, their crash risk is substantially higher when they do. A teen that has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05 – 0.08 is up to 17 times more likely to be killed in a single-vehicle crash than a teen that hasn't been drinking. At BACs of 0.08 – 0.10, the fatality risks are even higher—up to 52 times more likely to be killed1.

It is illegal in every state in the U.S. and the District of Columbia for persons under the age of 21 to purchase and publicly possess alcoholic beverages2. All states also have passed zero tolerance laws, which typically prohibit driving with a BAC of 0.02 percent or higher for anyone under age 21.

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  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  2. National Safety Council
  3. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety