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 15 and 19 years of age, accounting for one-third of all deaths among this age group.
- In 2013, 170 teens aged 15-19 years died in car crashes in Canada.
- Another 15,821 teens 15-19 years of age were injured.
- 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 the motor vehicle related 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.
Parachute is a national, charitable organization that focuses on preventing injury and saving lives. State Farm® and Parachute are working together to address the issue of teen driver safety in Canada.
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Is It Worth It?
The Is It Worth It?campaign aims to reduce distracted, impaired, and aggressive driving. By challenging students in a multimedia competition, students can take the message of safe driving and smart decision-making to their peers and community members. Through hands-on learning and activism, students who create the best public service announcement can win over $5,000 in prizes.
No Regrets & No Regrets Live
The No Regrets programis a unique peer leadership program for high school students that raise awareness around teen injury. It encourages students and faculty to create injury prevention activities and events in their schools.
"Parachute envisions an injury-free Canada. Our staff work to empower youth through education, programming, and policy change to recognize and manage their risks of injury in the smartest way possible. We believe that State Farm understands the importance of changing youth behaviours to reduce injury and save lives. We consider our ongoing partnership with State Farm to be crucial to realizing our vision of a Canada where everyone can enjoy a long life, lived to the fullest."
— Louise Logan, President and CEO of Parachute
National Teen Driver Safety Week
State Farm has partnered with Parachute to support and help establish a National Teen Driver Safety Week in Canada. National Teen Driver Safety Week will rally communities and organizations to address the number one cause of death for young Canadians – motor vehicle crashes. The numbers point to the real need: despite progress due mainly to graduated driver licencing, Canadian teenagers 16-19 remain at a higher risk of death per kilometre than all other age groups. Indeed, roughly 13% of licenced drivers in Canada are 16-24 years old, yet 20% of fatalities and serious injuries on the road tend to be attributed to this young age group. To learn more about National Teen Driver Safety Week, visit statefarm.ca/NTDSW.
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