May is Young Drivers and Distracted Driving month

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Our traffic safety focus for the month of May is Young Drivers with a sub focus on Distracted Driving.

Often young drivers don’t realize that it takes time and a lot of practice to develop safe driving skills. Young drivers tend to overestimate their abilities as a driver, and underestimate the risks they encounter on the road. These drivers are also more likely to commit an error than other drivers. The most common driver errors committed by young drivers include: following too closely, running off the road, making a left turn across the path of an oncoming vehicle and stop sign violations.

Below are some stats specific to young driver collisions in Alberta:

  • One in five new drivers is involved in a collision during their first two years of driving.
  • Over five years, 226 young drivers and motorcyclists (aged 14 – 24) were killed and 12,883 were injured in collisions (2010-2014).
  • Although young drivers represented 14 per cent of the province's licensed drivers in 2014, they comprised more than 20 per cent of the drivers involved in casualty collisions.
  • Fatal collisions involving a young driver occur most often in September (2010-2014).
  • One-third of young drivers killed in a collision were not wearing their seatbelt (2010-2014).
  • Males aged 18-21 are consistently more likely to have consumed alcohol prior to a casualty collision than any other age group (in terms of involvement per 1,000 licensed drivers).