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Why reach young drivers?

 

Young drivers continue to be over-represented in road trauma statistics. Research shows that the human brain’s final stages of development, particularly for males, continues well into a person’s early 20s, and will often conclude around the age of 25. The prefrontal cortex which governs reasoning, advanced thought and impulse control, is the final area of the human brain to mature, but is a critical component in safe driving.

Young Driver Statistics:  

 

  • While there has been a reduction in the volume of young fatalities, young people are still overrepresented in serious injuries and fatalities on South Australian roads.
  •  This age group make up 12% of the total population in South Australia but accounted for 15% of all fatalities and 23% of all serious injuries. 
  • 16- 24 year olds are involved in more casualty crashes than any other driver age group. 
  • Upon gaining a P licence and beginning to drive unsupervised, the percentage of young drivers involved in crashes increases around eleven times.
  •  Lack of experience, night-time driving and the presence of peer-aged passengers all contribute to an increased crash risk.
  •  70% of young driver/rider fatalities aged 16 to 24 are males and 81% of these drivers were responsible for the fatal crash.

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