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]

For more information, visit:


[i] Parachute. (2021). Potential Lost, Potential for Change: The Cost of Injury in Canada 2021.

[ii] Statistics Canada. (2020). Leading causes of death, total population, by age group [Table: 13-10-0394-01].

[iii] TIRF. (2018). Sharing the road: key factors in fatal crashes in Canada.

[iv] TIRF. (2018). Collisions Among Fatally Injured Drivers of Different Age Groups, 2000-2014.

[v] TIRF. (2015). Trends Among Fatally Injured Teen Drivers, 2000-2012.