Drugs, alcohol and speed are still critical factors
TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - 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:
Males account for 74 per cent of all teen driver (16-19) deaths on the
In 2010, more than one-third of teen drivers killed in road crashes
tested positive for either alcohol (36.6 per cent) or drugs (39.2 per
Nearly half (44 per cent) of those testing positive for alcohol had one
or more passengers in the vehicle.
Speed was a factor in more than one-quarter (28.8 per cent) of teen
Almost one-fifth (19.4 per cent) of female teen driver fatalities were
due to distraction.
"In the lead-up to what we hope will be the first officially recognized
National Teen Driver Safety Week, this data further demonstrates how
critical it is for parents and teens to have an open dialogue about
safe driving," says John Bordignon, Media Relations, State Farm. "By
making these new resources available, and through other initiatives,
TIRF and State Farm hope to encourage continued dialogue among parents
and teens, educators, policy-makers and road safety professionals that
can help change the tide on teen driver fatalities."
More positively, results from the 2010 Road Safety Monitor on Youth
Drinking and Driving revealed that a majority of young drivers aged
16-24 are aware of these issues and concerned about them, with a
majority of young drivers agreeing that distracted driving and texting
while driving, as well as young drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs,
are serious problems.
About the Fact sheets and Infographic
The first fact sheet examines the role of distracted driving in
fatalities among 16-19 year olds in Canada while the second summarizes
the characteristics of fatally injured teen drivers (aged 16-19) from
2000 to 2010. The infographic was created to highlight and summarize
the key findings from the fact sheets.
Established in 1964, TIRF's mission is to reduce traffic-related deaths
and injuries. As a national, independent, charitable road safety
research institute, TIRF designs, promotes, and implements effective
programs and policies, based on sound research. TIRF is a registered
charity and depends on grants, contracts, and donations to provide
services for the public. Visit us at www.tirf.ca, join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/tirfcanada and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/TIRFCANADA
About State Farm®
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affiliates are the fourth largest auto insurance provider, and the
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Click here to download Teens and Distracted Driving factsheet - http://bit.ly/1bJotCe
Click here to download Trends Among Fatally Injured Teen Drivers
factsheet - http://bit.ly/1aczLIA
Click here to download Teen Driver Spotlight infographic - http://bit.ly/15qsxCo
SOURCE: Traffic Injury Research Foundation
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Administrator, Marketing and Communications
Traffic Injury Research Foundation