Drugs, alcohol and speed are still critical factors
16- to 19-year-old fatally injured drivers, especially males, continue to be over-represented when compared with older drivers according to a new analysis of Canadian research published over the past decade.
While the review, conducted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) indicates a general declining trend in the number of teen drivers killed in road crashes, the problem is far from resolved – in 2010, 16- to 19-year-old drivers were still 30 per cent more likely to be killed in road crashes than drivers aged 20 and older.
TIRF’s review is outlined in two fact sheets sponsored by State Farm® entitled ‘Teens and Distracted Driving’ and ‘Trends Among Fatally Injured Teen Drivers’. The compiled data reveal further illustrative and concerning findings regarding teen driver fatalities that were initially explored in the Injury in Review Report published by the Public Health Agency of Canada in 2012.
“Several factors play a role in teen driver road crashes including inexperience, peer pressure, and biological changes,” says Ward Vanlaar, Vice President Research at the Traffic Injury Research Foundation. “Efforts by researchers, governments and other stakeholders to address these issues with evidence-based solutions are having positive effects, but these analyses suggest that not all teens are getting the message and continued attention to the problem is needed.”
Key insights from the factsheets include:
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