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Young and Dangerous in BC - Male Drivers Ages 16 to 20

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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I remember when I was younger.

It wasn’t that long ago. Alright, so maybe it was a little longer ago than I’d like to admit. But that’s beside the point.

Just like any kid I thought I knew it all. That I was indestructible. And that nothing could hurt me.

Let’s be honest we all probably felt something similar when we were that age.

That’s why I’m not at all surprised to read that one group of British Columbians  causes more car accidents in than any other.

Take a guess at who it is.

That’s right. Young males.

Guys between the ages of 16 and 20. Who, according to ICBC, topped both the list of new drivers and those with full privileges when it comes to causing accidents.

It’s easy to see why these drivers pose such a safety risk.

They’re inexperienced for one thing. I mean, it takes time to become a good driver. To soak up the experience that can only be gained by spending time behind the wheel.

Of course that’s why we have graduated licensing here in BC. To attempt to ensure that novice drivers have the skills and experience required to stay safe when they hit the streets.

But there’s another reason why these young bucks are such a danger to themselves and other users of our roads.

And that’s a misplaced sense of bravado.

You see, it’s only with age and experience that you realise you aren’t indestructible. It’s a lesson we all learn over time. But one that comes too late for some young drivers.

It’s something that can’t be taught by a driving instructor, or instilled by a graduated licensing system. And it’s up to us as parents, to make sure our kids are acting responsibly when they get behind the wheel.

Because a car can be deadly weapon. One that has the potential to injure and even kill if it isn’t treated with the respect it deserves.

We need to make sure our boys know that.

So please, if you’ve got a young driver in the family take five minutes.

Have a heart to heart talk about the risks and responsibilities that driving entails.

You never know, one day it might just save their life.

Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers

Category: Car Accidents

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