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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. We work closely with Parachute to address road safety issues in Canada.

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National Teen Driver Safety Week

National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW), an annual public awareness campaign aimed at educating young drivers about road safety. Taking place from October 16-22, NTDSW is calling on Canadians to help reduce distracted and drug impaired driving.

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 licensed 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 parachutecanada.org/NTDSW.

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