ERIC Number: ED356443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-11
National Transportation Safety Board (DOT), Washington, DC.
This report focuses on teenage drivers and drinking. The first topic discussed is youth accident experience. Vignettes of accidents are given, as well as national statistics on deaths involving teenage drivers. The next topic discussed is youth alcohol consumption. Statistics on percentage of youth who report using alcohol; comparison of percentage of young drivers to licensed drivers involved in driver fatalities; and number of crashes for first-year drivers. The third topic is policy and legislative approaches. Two general types of legal and policy approaches that can be taken to reduce traffic crashes among youth are discussed: those designed to reduce youth access and those designed to reduce driving by youth or to restrict the circumstances under which they drive. A chart is included which lists the states and categorizes their laws on sale, attempting to purchase alcohol, purchasing age, possession age, consumption age, misrepresenting age, and fake identification. Next underage alcohol enforcement is discussed. Sting operations and research on alcohol purchase attempts by minors are discussed. Young driver restrictions are discussed, including lower blood alcohol content limits for young drivers; enforcement of driving while intoxicated laws for young drivers; provisional licensing and driving restrictions; and nighttime driving restrictions. Conclusions and nine recommendations are included. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Transportation Safety Board (DOT), Washington, DC.