National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 17 to 23, 2021. Road crashes are the third-leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24 in Canada[i],[ii] and transport injuries for youth and young adults cost the Canadian economy $990 million in a single year1. Knowing the risk factors and high-risk behaviours will help you identify countermeasures to keep teen drivers safe.
- Speeding means driving faster than the speed limit, but also driving too fast for road conditions. Nearly a quarter of fatal collisions in Canada involve excessive speed or driving too fast for conditions[iii]
- Young drivers (aged 16 to 24) killed in a collision are more likely to be speeding at the time of the crash than other age groups[iv]
- Speeding is a factor in one third of teen driver deaths in Canada[v]
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[i] Parachute. (2021). Potential Lost, Potential for Change: The Cost of Injury in Canada 2021. www.parachute.ca/costofinjury
[ii] Statistics Canada. (2020). Leading causes of death, total population, by age group [Table: 13-10-0394-01]. https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/tv.action?pid=1310039401
[iii] TIRF. (2018). Sharing the road: key factors in fatal crashes in Canada. https://tirf.ca/TIRFCAD18EE
[iv] TIRF. (2018). Collisions Among Fatally Injured Drivers of Different Age Groups, 2000-2014. http://tirf.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Collisions-Among-Fatally-Injured-Drivers-of-Different-Age-Groups-2000-2014-7.pdf.
[v] TIRF. (2015). Trends Among Fatally Injured Teen Drivers, 2000-2012. https://tirf.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Trends-Among-Fatally-Injured-Teen-Drivers-2000-2012_11_V6.pdf.