Car crashes are the leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults.
Impaired driving, including drunk, drugged, and drowsy driving, as well as distracted driving, are common causes of car crashes in this age group. This issue couldn’t be more timely; as of the first quarter of 2022, the Governors Highway Safety Association reports that motor vehicle traffic fatalities are at a 20-year high.
While progress has been made reducing drunk driving among teens over the last several decades, alcohol is still involved in about 25% of (or 1 in 4) teen driving fatalities. Drug-impaired driving is a critical and growing problem, particularly with the availability and growing use of marijuana. Drowsy driving, which can result from illness, substance misuse, or lack of sleep, is a dangerous and often overlooked issue. Distracted driving, particularly by cell phones, is a great risk for teens as well and responsible for thousands of fatalities each year.