RESEARCH - TIRF Reports on Teenage Driver Fatalities in Canada
The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) reports 16 to 19 year old fatally injured drivers, especially males, continue to be over represented when compared with older drivers according to a new analysis of Canadian research published over the last decade.
Key insights from the factsheets include:
- Males account for 74 per cent of all teen driver (16-19) deaths on the road.
- In 2010, more than one-third of teen drivers killed in road crashes tested positive for either alcohol (36.6 per cent) or drugs (39.2 per cent).
- Nearly half (44 per cent) of those testing positive for alcohol had one or more passengers in the vehicle.
- Speed was a factor in more than one-quarter (28.8 per cent) of teen driver deaths.
- Almost one-fifth (19.4 per cent) of female teen driver fatalities were due to distraction.