Young Drivers in Maryland Fast Facts

  • 52 people are killed and over 6,700 people are injured in crashes involving teen or younger driver (16-20 years old). (2011-2015 5-year average)
  • Over the last 10 years (2006-2015), 306 drivers ages 16-20 have died on Maryland roads and nearly 33,000 have been injured. That’s 31 teen and young drivers each year who don’t make it home to their families and nearly 3,300 each year whose lives are forever changed by traumatic injury.
  • Between 2011 and 2014, 24% of 16-20-year-old drivers killed were not wearing a seat belt. (Compared to 8% of all drivers 16-20 not wearing their seat belt.)
  • In a statewide survey (2015), 81% of drivers 15-20 stated they wear their seat belts when driving or riding in the front of a vehicle ‘all of the time.’ The statewide seat belt observation rate in 2016 in Maryland is 90.8%.
  • In 2015, 22% of all drivers 16-20 were indicated as being distracted in some way in motor vehicle crashes. (Texting numbers are next to nil, under-reported, and we have virtually no data on distraction in fatal crashes involving young drivers.)
  • In a statewide survey (2015), 40% of drivers ages 15-20 admitted to recently using a cell phone without a handsfree device while driving, and 35% admitted to recently texting while driving.
  • Between 2011-2015, 11% of 16-20-year-old drivers killed were under the influence of alcohol.
  • In 2015, 3.5% of drivers arrested for DUI in Maryland were under the age of 21 (16-20 years old)
  • In a statewide survey (2015), 19% of respondents ages 15-20 stated they rode in a car in the past 30 days with someone who had been driving alcoholic beverages. In the same survey, 10% of respondents admitted they had driven a vehicle within 2 hours of drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • In a statewide survey (2015), 51% of respondents ages 15-20 stated they had driven more than 10 MPH over the speed limit (in the past 30 days). 
  • 68% of fatal crashes involving drivers 16-20 years old occurred in Maryland’s 8 most populous jurisdictions (Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties and Baltimore City).
  • 29% of all fatalities 27% of injuries in a crash involving a young driver (16-20 years old) were speed-related (2011-2015 average).
  • 40% of all young drivers killed in crashes were speeding (2011-2015 average)

Source:  Maryland Highway Safety Office​