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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:  

  • Young road user serious injuries did not improve in 2018 (117 serious injuries, up from 109 serious injuries in 2017). The number increased for both 16-19 and 20-24 year olds.
  • The number of young road user fatalities decreased from 15 fatalities in 2016 to (20 fatalities) in 2017.
  • 16- 24 year olds are involved in more casualty crashes than any other driver age group. This age group represented 21% of all fatalities and 19% of serious injuries on South Australian roads in 2018.
  • Upon gaining a P licence and beginning to drive unsupervised, the percentage of young drivers involved in crashes increases more than 10 times.
  • Lack of experience, night-time driving and the presence of peer-aged passengers all contribute to an increased crash risk.

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