What You Need to Know:

Young Driver Facts:

  • One in five new drivers is involved in a collision during their first two years of driving.
  • Over five years, 239 young drivers and motorcyclists (aged 14 - 24) were killed and 13,065 were injured in collisions (2011-2015).
  • Although young drivers represented 14 per cent of the province's registered drivers in 2015, they comprised more than 20 per cent of the drivers involved in casualty collisions.
  • Fatal collisions involving a young driver occur most often in September and July (2011-2015).
  • Over one-third of young drivers killed in a collision were not wearing their seat belt (2011-2015).  
  • Young drivers are more likely to commit a driver error than other drivers. The most common errors include following too closely, running off the road, making a left turn across the path of an oncoming vehicle and stop sign violations (2011-2015).

Distracted driving facts:

  • Since September 1, 2011, when distracted driving legislation was introduced, through March 31, 2017, there have been 139,579 convictions.
  • 97 per cent of these convictions were for using a hand-held electronic device while driving.
  • There were 24,665 convictions for distracted driving in Alberta last year (April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017).
  • Research indicates that driver distraction contributes to 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions. 
  • Distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a collision than attentive drivers.
  • The fine for distracted driving is $287 and three demerit points.
  • During 2016-17, male drivers accounted for two-thirds of all convictions.
  • Young male drivers, age 22 to 34 years, have the highest conviction rates.