15 and 17 year olds twice as likely to die on roads
RACQ has issued a warning for Queensland teens and their parents after new data revealed 15 and 17 year olds were at a higher risk of dying on the State’s roads, compared to other child age groups.
A Queensland Family and Child Commission report* revealed five teenagers in this cohort were killed in transport-related deaths in 12 months, the largest age group in the report.
RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said while there had been fewer transport-related deaths in this age group during 2018, it was distressing young people continued to lose their lives on Queensland roads.
“You can only imagine the grief families go through when they lose a child in a car crash, and we don’t want to see any parent go through this heartbreak,” Ms Hunter said.
“And while it’s encouraging we’ve this year seen fewer transport-related deaths in this age group, there’s still a long way to go. This data’s a timely reminder for parents to speak to their children about safe driving.”
The report also revealed in four out of five of the fatal crashes between 1 July 2016 to 30 July 2017 the car was being driven by a person under 21 years.
“A fatal crash has long lasting impacts – not just on the victim’s family, but on everyone involved,” Ms Hunter said.
“All road users have a duty to observe the ‘Fatal Five’, and our children should be reminded to slow down, wear seatbelts and avoid distraction, and to not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or when tired.”
* The Queensland Family and Child Commission Annual Report: Deaths of children and young people Queensland covering the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 July 2017