Why YDI initiatives are important

Road Safety Education is part of Health and Wellbeing within Curriculum for Excellence. It equips young people with the skills to assess risk in the road environment and provides them with strategies to make healthy choices. This ethos is embedded in the Road Safety Scotland education resources provided to schools from age Early Level to Senior Phase.

Road Safety Education

There is opportunity to build on that knowledge before young people leave school, by providing an intervention which consolidates their previous learning and engages them in the subject of becoming a driver.

Whilst road accidents have been declining over the last 10 years there are two groups not following the trend: young drivers and powered two-wheeler (P2W) riders continue to be identified as high risk groups in road traffic accident (RTA) statistics.

Young driver accidents

Young drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident than older drivers. 17-25 year-olds account for 10% of licence holders, but they are involved in 20% of the accidents. The types of accidents in which young drivers are involved are different:

  • Single vehicle accidents are more common among young drivers (around half compared to a third of others)
  • These are often a result of the driver losing control of the vehicle

Every day in Scotland an average of 11 car drivers aged between 17-25 years are involved in a road traffic accident reported to the police.

These result in:

  • 1 young person killed every week
  • 6 young people are seriously injured per week - some of whom will be permanently disabled or scarred.

Many people working in community safety partnerships are confronted with the reality of these tragic events and feel compelled to offer their services in the hope that they can make a difference. A Young Driver Intervention is an education opportunity which offers enormous possibility.