AHS urges teen drivers to pay attention behind the wheel

October 21, 2022

Alberta Health Services supports Parachute’s National Teen Driver Safety Week and is reminding youth that driving takes 100 percent of our attention all year round.

Parachute was founded in 2012 through the amalgamation of four charities in the injury prevention field. The Canadian organization provides education in preventing serious injury in homes, in sports and recreation, and on the roads.

According to Parachute, road crashes are the third-leading cause of death among young people in Canada. In 2020, transportation-related injuries were the third-leading cause for emergency departments and urgent care centre visits among youth, ages 15-19, in Alberta.

This year’s theme focuses on distracted driving. The risk of accidents increases, even after just one second of taking your eyes off the road. Distracted driving can be:

Avoid distracted driving by:

Parents can also set good examples for their children and teens by keeping their cellphones out of reach when driving.

In addition to avoiding distracted driving, it’s also important to remember speeding, sleep deprivation, as well as drug and alcohol-impaired and aggressive driving, can increase the risk of crashes and injuries on the road.

National Teen Driver Safety Week runs Oct. 16-22.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.