Teenagers

Teenagers

Summary:

  • Teenage pedestrians are defined for the purpose of this synthesis as pedestrians aged between 12-19 years old. However, additional research relating to the transition of children from primary to secondary school is also discussed.

  • In 2016 there were 4,069 teenage pedestrian casualties.

  • In 2014, 383 teenage (12-16 years old) KSI pedestrian casualties in Road Traffic Incidents (RTIs) that occurred during term time and in the hours in which children may be expected to be making a journey to or from school. Research has suggested that the number of casualties peaks during the transition between primary and secondary school as children are exposed to unfamiliar routes and are given additional freedom.

  • Older teenagers are involved in more road traffic incidents (RTIs) on Friday and Saturday nights. Gender, behaviour profiles, family background and levels of deprivation are also risk factors for teenagers, with boys, teenagers with a single parent and those with behavioural difficulties more likely to be involved in RTIs. Girls affected by stressful life events also tend to be more at risk.

  • Teenagers often understand that they are in a high risk group in terms of pedestrian RTIs but do not think that they individually are at risk. As a group, they often believe that road safety education is for younger children. This leads to a gap between what teenagers think they know about road safety and how they behave.

  • Teenagers can be hard to reach; to address this there are a handful of resources available to teachers for providing targeted road safety education. These resources are often integrated into Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons. However, teachers may prioritise other topics such as sex, drugs and healthy eating.

  • Targeted advertising on television is recognised by teenagers but it is unclear whether this actually leads to a change in behaviour and how this affects teenage casualties. Online gaming is thought by some to help engage hard to reach teenagers but is not definitively proven to change behaviour or lead to reductions in teenage casualties. However, it is believed that a combination of education, engineering and enforcement interventions are most effective at reducing teenage casualties.

  • The importance of teaching children practical road safety skills at a young age is highlighted as this may translate into more responsible teenagers. Involving teenagers in the development of road safety education may also be beneficial as it helps teenagers think about their own behaviour.

  • Date Added: 03 Apr 2012, 08:17 AM
  • Last Update: 12 Jan 2018, 11:16 AM