VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s a staggering statistic: 15,000 people per year have been hurt or killed in car crashes in BC since 2009.
New numbers provided to News1130 from ICBC show one group in particular causes more of these accidents than any other.
Ted Ockenden with ICBC says men between the ages of 16 and 20 were more likely to cause one of these accidents than any other group.
“They have yet to gain experience on the road and they enter into our busy roadways, which are getting ever busier with faster vehicles and more complex systems. That — combined with, in some cases, a false sense of bravado they carry on — and they produce that higher risk.”
Ockenden says these young men topped the list for both new drivers and those who have full privileges. He says he hopes they will make some changes when they get behind the wheel.
“Young drivers [should] think about the risks associated with driving and curb their behaviour accordingly, and minimize risk by avoiding distractions and avoiding drinking and driving.”
He notes there is a group that is least likely to cause these crashes: drivers between 40 and 50 years old.