Manitobans between the ages of 16 and 24 accounted for 25% of drivers in fatal crashes and 22% of drivers in injury collisions in the province during 2010, notes data from Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI).
This age range accounts for the largest proportion of traffic collision casualties, more than any other age group, MPI reports in a statement. Compare that to drivers between the ages of 55 and 64 who accounted for 6% of the drivers in fatal collisions in 2010 the lowest of all age groupings.
The figures were released at a media event held by MPI and its police agency partners last Friday, the fifth annual National Day of Remembrance for road crash victims, an event spearheaded by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.
“Crashes that should not have happened do, in fact, happen when people make poor choices,” said Andrew Swan, Manitoba’s Attorney General and minister responsible for MPI.
“Many young drivers have a false sense of invincibility and don’t fully realize the consequences of high-risk driving behaviour,” added Ward Keith, MPI’s executive director of driver safety and regulatory control.
“Operating a motor vehicle is a major responsibility, one that is sometimes not fully realized by young drivers who have limited driving experience,” added assistant commissioner Kevin Brosseau, commanding officer of the RCMP “D” Division. “It is important for all drivers to refrain from high-risk driving practices.”