severed-arms-1785022_1920According to MADD Canadas data, the teen that drinks and drives may fit a particular profile. Based on their studies, there are certain common characteristics shared by teenagers who are involved in impaired driving accidents:

  • Gender: 87% of fatally injured impaired young drivers were male; 89% of those seriously injured were male
  • Age: among young impaired drivers who are fatally injured, 19-year-olds are the largest proportion; 16 year-olds account for the smallest
  • Season: summertime is the peak season for deaths and injuries among young impaired drivers (over 32% and 40% respectively); winter is the season when these deaths and injuries are least likely to occur (8% and over 11% respectively)
  • Time of Week: the majority of serious and fatal injuries among young impaired drivers occur on the weekend
  • Time of Day: the majority of serious and fatal injuries among young impaired drivers occur at night
  • Type of Vehicle: most young drunk drivers are injured or killed while driving an automobile
  • Type of Accident: young drunk drivers are more likely to be involved in a single-vehicle accident
  • Circumstances: among all multi-vehicle collisions involving drunk drivers, 2/3 involved a fatally injured teenage driver who had been drinking and at-fault in an accident with non-drinking drivers

The statistics speak for themselves: when a driver has a BAC of .10%, he or she is 51x more likely to be in a fatal accident than a sober driver. Every young driver who gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs is exhibiting negligence.