Young Adults and Road Safety

Media Release


29 October 2013

While young adults remain over-represented in road crashes worldwide, the number of road fatalities among young adults in Australia has reduced significantly in the last five years, figures released today by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics reveal.

Young Adults and Road Safety shows the population based rate for road deaths of young adults worldwide is 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.

However, the figures for Australia are 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.

Young adults nevertheless remain over-represented compared to other age groups. In Australia, the population based rate for road deaths of young adults is 56 per cent higher than for all age groups.

Young Adults and Road Safety confirms that fatal crashes involving the death of a young adult are more likely to occur on the weekend and night-time hours.

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.

Road safety is the responsibility of everyone who travels on our roads, from the driver to passengers, and all levels of government.

Giving young drivers the skills and knowledge to get home in one piece is vital from the outset—one of the reasons the Coalition Government is delivering another $10 million to the Keys2Drive programme.

The Keys2Drive programme aims to improve driver safety by building a foundation for a life of safe driving. The programme includes 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 and information on Keys2Drive is available at