Steering in the right direction? Young drivers and road trauma

Mark R Stevenson
Med J Aust 2005; 182 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2005.tb06605.x
Published online: 7 February 2005

We need restrictions on night driving and peer passenger numbers for novice drivers

Road trauma remains one of the leading causes of death for young Australians.1 Of particular concern is the fact that more than a quarter of all fatal road injuries (27%) and hospitalisations (26%) are in the age group 17 to 25 years,2 and yet this age group comprises only 15% of licensed drivers.3 As well, despite continued funding and the implementation of effective road safety strategies, road fatalities in this age group have remained relatively constant since 1998.

  • Mark R Stevenson

  • Injury Prevention and Trauma Care Division, George Institute for International Health, Sydney, NSW.


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