Underaged drinking and driving represents a problem that Maine
law enforcement agencies have joined together to address.
Nationally, more than one-third of all deaths for people 15 to
20, result from motor vehicle crashes. In 1999, more than one-third
of these motor vehicle fatalities involved alcohol.
The greatest number of youth motor vehicle fatalities occur in
July and August. Nearly 70 percent of youth motor vehicle fatalities
occurred in rural areas. For every 100,000 licensed drivers, young
drinking drivers are involved in fatal crashes at approximately
twice the rate of drivers aged 21 and older.