Young Drivers

Added Risk For Young Drivers

Young people who drink and drive take an even greater risk behind the wheel than older drivers do. First, equal amounts of alcohol usually affect young people more than older ones. More importantly, young people have limited experience in both driving and drinking. This combination of inexperience can easily prove fatal.

Drivers Under Age 21- Zero Tolerance Laws

  • The rules are different for young drivers. Now in effect in all states, “zero tolerance” laws make it illegal for persons under 21 to drive with alcohol in their blood.  These laws feature maximum BAC limits ranging from 0.00 to 0.02 percent.
  • Statistics have proven that the likelihood of an alcohol-related crash increases when the driver is a teen. As a result of the National Highway Systems Designation Act of 1995, all states had zero tolerance laws in place by 1998.