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).
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)