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Figures from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics show the number of road fatalities among young adults in Australia has fallen significantly in the past five years.
The report, Young Adults and Road Safety, shows the population-based rate for road deaths of young adults worldwide was more than 50 per cent higher than for all age groups. In developed countries, road crashes account for around a quarter of all deaths in the 15-24 years age group.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs said the figures for Australia were encouraging.
“During the last five years in Australia, road crash fatalities of young adults have improved by 29 per cent. This improvement is stronger than that of any other age group,” Mr Briggs said.
He said the Young Adults and Road Safety report confirmed that fatal crashes involving the death of a young adult were more likely to occur on the weekend and at night.
“One life lost on the roads is one too many; no family member or friend should have to go through the trauma and heartbreak of losing someone they love in a crash on our roads,” Mr Briggs said.
“Giving young drivers the skills and knowledge to get home in one piece is vital from the outset - one of the reasons the Government is delivering another $10 million to the Keys2Drive program.”
He said the program included a free lesson, professional development and accreditation for the driving instruction industry, and online support to guide learner and supervising drivers.
The Young Adults and Road Safety information sheet is available at http://www.bitre.gov.au and information on Keys2Drive is available at http://www.keys2drive.com.au
Edition 386, 5 November 2013