While encouraging teens to hit the road, the BCIRPU would like to remind everyone that young driver (aged 16-25) safety is a significant issue in BC. October 15-21 is National Teen Driver Safety Week.
Youth are over-represented in all road-related injuries and deaths. Statistics show that on average each year in BC:
- 28 young drivers die as a result of a Motor Vehicle Crash;
- 71 people die from crashes involving young drivers;
- 32,000 crashes where at least one youth (16 to 21) is involved (drivers and passengers);
- Speeding, driving while impaired (by drugs or alcohol) and distracted diving (by texting or using other electronic devices) are main reasons for a large number of these injuries and deaths.
View our fact sheet for some reminders and resources for you and your teens. Share your safety tips and posts on social media with the hashtag #GetHomeSafe.