Teens and distracted driving

Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF)
Traffic Injury Research Foundation

This fact sheet analyzes Canadian fatal crash data from 2000 to 2013 that were drawn from TIRF’s National Fatality Database. The objective of the analysis was to investigate the role of distracted distraction among person aged 16 to19 years old who were killed in road crashes. The analysis included fatally injured drivers who were distracted, fatally injured pedestrians who were distracted, and fatally injured victims dying due to a distracted driver.

Results revealed that the number of fatalities among this population has been relatively stable since 2004, and that there are more fatally injured male drivers aged 16 to 19 years than females. The age group with the highest percentage of fatally injured drivers who were distracted was 16-year-olds at 20.7%. In addition, a majority of young drivers aged 16 to 24 years were concerned about this issue and agreed that distracted driving (69.2%) and texting while driving (83%) were serious road safety concerns.

Traffic Injury Research Foundation. (2016). Teens and distracted driving. Traffic Injury Research Foundation, Ottawa, ON.