In an editorial for a publication for young drivers, discuss how, as a community, we might reduce motor vehichle accidents.

ROAD SAFETY IS NO ACCIDENT~

By Vanessa Song

"In 2008, there were 1, 464 people killed in road crashes. In comparison to the previous year, this is a decline of 8.7% During the five year period ending 2008, theaverage annual decline is 1.4%"

N.S.W Government Road safety Statistics

Many accidents occur on the road every year, some risk factors in motor vehicle accidents include; going over the speed limit, the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, defects in road design, overcrowded roads, not using seatbelts and child restraints, driver fatigue, safety features of the vehicle, mobile phones and mechanical factors.

"A 17-year-old driver with a P1 licence is about four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a driver aged 26 or older".

N.S.W Government Road safety Statistics

Young people are at a great risk on the road, as they are sometimes not mature enough to deal with complex situations and making responsible descisions (like not driving when intoxicated or under the influence). Young people are also more prone to using different drugs, as they are at a point in their lives where they are easily influenced and wish to experience new things, it is when the place themselves at the wheel under these conditions where they become a hazard to the public and themselves.

"People under 26 comprise only 15% of driver licences but are involved in 36% of road fatalities".

N.S.W Government Road safety Statistics

As a whole, the community needs to work together to prevent more losses on the road. The community can help by not ignoring Safety signs and 40k signs that are put in place to ensure the safety of school children, as well as opting for the council to put in place more safety measures like: Speed cameras, speed notification signs and road markings, to ensure the safety of road users. If these and more measures are taken by the community and council to prevent the death toll on the road, the death toll should decline in response.