Why Crash Magnets

Why 'Crash Magnets'?

Road safety is a subject that most young people between the ages of 15 and 18 associate with primary school, seeing themselves as being more at risk from drugs, knife crime, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. However, statistics show that road accidents are the leading cause of death and injury to young people aged 14-25 in Scotland.

"You are 4 times more likely to die in a road traffic accident than to win the Lotto (even if you buy a ticket every day.)"

"The number of people who die in road traffic accidents worldwide each year is the same as the entire population of Glasgow."

"1 in 5 children will have been admitted to hospital following an accident by the time they are 16."

"A classroom full of children die each year from accidents in Scotland."

Casualty rate per thousand population

Casualty rate per thousand population

Young drivers are particularly vulnerable to road accidents for two reasons: inexperience and age. Because young people are not experienced in the full range of driving situations everything is new and because they are young they have a sense inviability.*

Crash Magnets tackles various road safety issues, allowing young people to explore their own feelings and attitudes. It also acknowledges that, at their age, driving a car has great benefits in developing independence and giving the freedom to go where you want, when you want, and not have to depend on parents, buses or cadging a lift. The car has a status and pulling-power that, for some people, defines them as an adult, but this must be balanced with an understanding of the dangers of behaving irresponsibly at the wheel.
* Professor Steve Stradling