Restricted drivers are seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious-injury crash than other drivers.

This is because young drivers on their restricted licence are over-represented in crashes on New Zealand roads. 

A restricted driver is at the greatest risk of having a crash in the first six months of driving solo than at any other time of their life. This increased risk is partly due to driving inexperience. (Source: Ministry of Transport: Young Drivers Crash Fact Sheet, 2015).

Safer Journeys(external link), the government’s national road safety strategy document identifies young drivers as an area of high concern.

Crash Bash

Crash Bash

Crash Bash is an educational road safety programme organised by the Christchurch City Council, supported by funding from Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

The programme uses a contemporary stage performance to raise awareness of the risks for young drivers including not wearing seat belts, speeding, distraction, alcohol, drugs and peer pressure. The essence of the messages to students surrounding risk is to think about making safe choices for themselves and others. 

The performance is developed and toured in the first term around schools in greater Christchurch by Christchurch’s very own Court Theatre.  A new theme is developed each year in collaboration with Canterbury Police based on key safety concerns within the Canterbury region affecting young drivers.   

The performance is pitched to secondary school students in years 11 to 13. The popular show uses an effective mix of contemporary drama and video clips to communicate to young people in a relatable manner. 

Further information is available on the Crash Bash website(external link)

 Ministry of Transport facts

  • In 2015 young drivers aged 15–24 were involved in 90 fatal traffic crashes, 579 serious injury crashes and 2,608 minor injury crashes.
  • Of these crashes, the 15–24 year-old drivers had the primary responsibility in 72 of the fatal crashes, 464 of the serious injury crashes and 1,993 of the minor injury crashes. These crashes resulted in 80 deaths, 548 serious injuries and 2,760 minor injuries. 
  • The total social cost of the crashes in which 15–24 year-old drivers had the primary responsibility was $951 million. This is 25 percent of the social cost associated with all injury crashes
  • Male drivers in the 15–19 year age group are approximately eight times more likely to crash (per 100 million kilometres driven) than male drivers in the lowest risk age group of 55–59 years.
  • Female drivers aged 15–19 are about six times more likely to crash (per 100 million kilometres driven) than female drivers in the lowest risk group of 45–49 year olds.
  • Drivers in the 20–24 year old age group are approximately three to four times more likely to crash than the lowest risk group of the same gender.