Desjardins Insurance has teamed up with Parachute, a national charitable organization that focuses on preventing injury and saving lives.
While a driver's licence is a route to independence for many Canadian teenagers, motor vehicle collisions are also the leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 19, accounting for one-third of all deaths in this age group.
Here are a few alarming statistics:
- In 2013, 170 teens aged 15-19 died in car crashes in Canada.
- Another 15,821 teens aged 15-19 years were injured in car accidents.
- The majority of traumatic injuries to teens aged 15-19 are due to car crashes.
- Young Canadians are over-represented in crash statistics: they represent only 13% of the licenced driving population but account for approximately 20% of motor vehicle deaths and injuries.
- The most common way for young Canadians to be injured or killed is when they are a driver or a passenger in a vehicle.
- The death rate (number killed per 100,000 licenced drivers) for young drivers aged 15 to 24 is higher than any other age group–about three times the rate for 35-44 year old licenced drivers.
National Teen Driver Safety Week
National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) is an annual public awareness campaign aimed at educating young drivers about road safety and calling upon them to help reduce distracted and drug impaired driving.
To learn more about National Teen Driver Safety Week, visit the Parachute site.