Crime Prevention & Community Safety
Release date: Thu 29 March 2007
Last updated: Fri 22 August 2014
Since 1989, Victoria's road toll has had a large reduction. The 18 to 25 age group, however, continues to be vastly over-represented in road trauma statistics.
Young Victorians in their first year of driving are almost four times more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious injury crash than more experienced drivers. The reasons for this include:
- A lack of experience and road awareness
- Limited ability and judgment
- Underestimation of risks
- Deliberate risk-taking behaviours
- Alcohol and drug use.
- A young driver's risk of being involved in a fatal crash is over five times higher when carrying two or more passengers than when travelling alone.
- Young passengers are most likely to be killed in a car when travelling with young drivers.
- For young male drivers, the riskiest combination is travelling with young male passengers.
- Passengers are central to risky driving, especially where young men are involved.
- Young male passengers often actively encourage their male peers to engage in risky driving behaviour.
- Many young males say they drive in a risky way to show off to young male passengers, even if the passengers have not asked them to.
Common reasons given for unsafe driving by young drivers include:
- Sense of invincibility
- Impressing friends and wanting to be accepted
- Peer group pressure
- Going along with the crowd and not wanting to be left out
- Don't feel they can say no or speak up when they are in a risky situation.
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