The traffic safety focus for the month of August is New Drivers.
With the sense of freedom, a new driver’s licence can bring, the first few years of driving can be an exciting time. However, it takes time for new drivers to gain experience behind the wheel. Driving requires a mix of cognitive, visual, and manual skills that take time to develop, and new drivers need to pay extra attention as they practice and refine these skills.
Facts about young drivers:
- Over five years, over 200 young drivers and motorcyclists (aged 14-24) were killed and 11,629 were injured in collisions (2014-2018).
- Although young drivers represented 13.2 per cent of Alberta’s registered drivers in 2018, they accounted for 18 per cent of the drivers involved in casualty collisions. Drivers aged 18-19 were more likely to be involved in a collision than any other age group.
- About two in five young drivers killed in a collision were not wearing seat belts (2014-2018).
- About a quarter of fatal collisions involving a young driver occurred in the summer months of July and August. Fatal collisions involving young drivers were more likely to occur during the nighttime hours than during the day (2014-2018).
- Young drivers are more likely to commit a driver error than older drivers. The most common errors include following too closely, running off the road, and making an incorrect left turn.
For more information contact:
A/Sgt Kurtis Ladouceur
Medicine Hat Police Service