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Youth Road Accidents

Does society care enough about youth road accidents to make a permanent change?
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Brianne Cullen

on 18 October 2012

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Youth Road Accidents Lack of experience
Alcohol
Recklessness
Speeding
Drugs
Over-crowding in cars Causes of Youth Road Accidents "... any youth death on the road is one too many." 25% are 16 year olds
36.4% are 17 year olds
15.9% are 18 year olds
4.5% are 19 year olds
6.8% are 20 year olds
6.8 are 21 year olds
2.3% are 22 year olds
0% is 23 year olds
0% is 24 year olds
2.3% 25 year olds Lack of experience, alcohol, over-crowded cars, and speed; there is a repetition and commonality in the causes of youth road accidents. The nurturers of the young people of nowadays are a part of society, whether it’s the parents, the teachers or the authorities in the community. They are all neighbours in the eyes of God, and they all have a responsibility to care for their young neighbours as they would want to be cared for – the way they were cared for in their own youth. The responsibility of Youth Road Accidents falls on all members of the community. What is the community doing to stop this issue from occuring? The social responsibility of Youth Road Accidents includes:
parents
neighbours
the community
the authorities
friends
family
the young generation Catechism of the Catholic Church
Part Three: 'Life in Christ
Section Two: 'The Ten Commandments'
Chapter Two: 'You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself'
Article Four: 'The Fourth Commandment'

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church it explores the duties of children, their parents, the citizens and the authorities of society. 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ Car Insurance for Young Drivers - Why so Costly?

'Auto Insurance Rating' factors
Young drivers lack of Experience
Young drivers have a limited 'Driving Record' 16-year-old boy rushed to hospital for serious head and chest injuries from an accident caused by an inexperienced 17-year-old driver, who had a crowded car with two other 16-year-old passengers who escaped with minor injuries... 15 year old boy – who had been drinking – was killed in a hit and run by an 18-year-old male driver, who was driving recklessly and thought the teen was an island or gutter he ran over… 17-year-old girl was killed, she wasn’t wearing her seatbelt, and the 19-year-old male driver had been drinking and driving… 17-year-old girl has been paralysed after a horror crash - 23-year-old male driver, 17-year-old and 24-year-old passengers only received minor injuries – ‘speed and alcohol were factors’ but it was also a crowded car… 16-year-old male driver and 15 year-old passenger were rushed to intensive care, after being involved in a police chase for speeding and reckless driving which lead the driver to lose control of the car and crash… 16-year-old boy was driving inexperienced with no license, intoxicated, and talking on the phone when he crashed the car, his body and the car weren’t spotted until 11 hours after the crash… Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Proverbs 20:11 “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.” The beginning of 2012 brought with it a possible resolution to this issue, and it came in the form of a theatre production. Time is a dance-based drama about how five teenagers make a bad decision that results in the loss of one of them. It addresses the impact the teenage girl’s death has on her family and friends in an emotionally-driven, informative performance that leaves the audience in tears and/or a good dose of reality.
The performance was originally a school production by Darwin High School back in September 2011 where NT Police Commissioner John Roberts became moved by the piece, recommending that every teenager - who is thinking about getting their license – should see the performance. Time became supported by the Northern Territory Police, the Departments of Lands and Planning and Education and Training, Territory Insurance Office, and Darwin High School. By the end of February nearly 3500 senior school students from over the Top End attended the production. Shaan Myall, the manager of Road Safety Education from the Department of Lands and Planning, has high hopes in gaining a positive influence from the target audience of under 25-year-olds, who are actually three times more likely to be seriously injured or killed on Territory roads than any other road user age category. This performance was a major heap for society in their challenge to eliminate unnecessary youth road accidents, and though it is early days it is likely that a positive result will come from it. There’s a problem with this though; the problem is the denial that will follow. The community will no longer make other great attempts to continue with its success, and this issue will continue the run in its cycle. New drivers who haven’t seen Time, who are being peer pressured into driving recklessly, drinking and taking drugs; will start to die on Territory roads - three times more than any other road user age category. A Sample of 44 young people from the Northern Terriory completed a student-conducted survey 38.6% are male
61.4% are female Driven after a drink
29.5% said yes
51.9% said no
11.4% don’t drive yet Driven recklessly:
45.5% said yes
43.2% said no
11.4% don’t drive yet Driven under the influence of drugs:
11.4% said yes
77.3% said no
11.4% don’t drive yet Been a passenger of someone driving after a drink:
56.8% said yes
43.2% said no Been a passenger of someone driving recklessly:
86.4% said yes
13.6% said no Been a passenger of someone driving under the influence of drugs:
22.7% said yes
77.3% said no Ever been pulled over by the police:
4.1% said yes, for drink driving
14.3% said yes, for driving recklessly
4.1% said yes, for being under the influence for drugs
57.1% said no, they never been pulled over
12.2% no, don’t drive yet
6.1% said yes, for a RBT
2.1% was yes, for others reasons i.e. crack in windscreen, unregistered car Ever been in a car where the driver was pulled over by the police:
6.3% said yes, for drink driving
18.8% said yes, for driving recklessly
2.1% said yes, for being under the influence of drugs
68.8% said no, never been pulled over
4.2% said yes, for a RBT Ever been in an car accident while driving:
22.7% said yes
68.2% said no
9.1% said they don’t drive yet Ever been passenger in a car crash (driver 16 - 25)
27.3% said yes
72.7% said no Therefore 81.8% are most likely only a Learner or Provisional driver Knew someone who had been killed in a car accident?
65.9% said yes
34.1% said no Out of the 65.9%:
20.7% said because that person was drink driving
31% said because that person was driving recklessly
6.9% said because that person was under the influence of drugs
8.6% said another driver was drink driving
13.8% said another driver was driving recklessly
1.7% said another driver was under the influence of drugs
12.1% said none of the above
6.9% said it was just bad luck/an accident Is the NT Government addressing the issue of youth car accidents and road deaths?
38.6% said yes
25% said no
36.4% said I don’t know How is the NT Government treating this issue?
6.8% said it’s a main priority being addressed
47.7% said it’s a big issue being spoken about
38.6% said it’s a small issue that has enough attention
6.8% said it’s not an issue at all and isn’t being considered How should the NT Government treat this issue?
47.7% said it should be a main priority that needs to be addressed
40.9% said it should be a big issue that needs to be spoken about
11.4% said it should be a small issue that needs only a little attention
0% said it should not be an issue and doesn’t need any consideration What do you know? "They kill innocent people everyday due to recklessness whether it be alcohol or drug induced or a case of peer pressure and a massive ego; desperate for attention" "A great deal of (road accidents) happen from people being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The rise in youth road accidents is unacceptable, Young people need to take more responsibility for themselves and others around them! An increase in police patrols on rural roads, would help make a difference. The amount of people I know that actually drink drive because they have never been caught." "Kids seem to think they're invincible and nothing will happen to them... Drink driving is a result of this thought process in young minds." "Many youth road accidents are during the hours of the night/morning so are likely to be caused by alcohol drugs etc... It is a major issue in Australia because of the deaths and then the impact on everyone associated with them." Though the majority know and understand the causes and problems linked to this issue, over a quarter (25.3%) of the sample population admitted to knowing next to nothing about youth road accidents. Therefore, 88.6% of the sample population said it’s a main priority or big issue that should be and needs to be addressed or spoken about ? ? ? ? ? Therefore, 81% of sample population said that someone they knew was killed as a result of: drink driving, reckless driving or under the influence of drugs.
Only 19% said it was pure accident, bad luck, or another unrelated cause. "... the first year when you're on your L's (learners), you are the safest... and then once you're on your P's, that first year of driving (unsupervised) is when you have the most accidents" - School-based NT Police Constable 'Sixteen is too early to get their Learners, I don't think they are mature enough [to handle the responsibility]'
- Interviewed NT Police Constable Changes in Licensing requirements Higher Car Insurance Payments for Young Drivers Advertisments against DrinkDriving and Speeding Local Dance Production on Youth Road Accidents In Victoria, teenagers have to be eighteen to get their (L) license [this law should be applied in the NT]
- Interviewed NT Police Constable Requirements should be:
One year on L plates
Three years on P plates
- Interviewed NT Police Constable Does society care enough about Youth Road Accidents to make a permanent change? The duties of children
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right". Honor your father and mother that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth". This is the first commandment with a promise. Children owe their parents respect, gratitude, obeduence and assistance. It is the duty of the children to remember that it was through their parents that they were born; what can they give back to their parents that equals that of the gift of life? The duties of parents
Parents have the first responsiibility for the education of their children in the faith, prayer and all the virtues. They have the duty to provide as far as possible for the physical and spiritual needs of their children. Parents must regard their children as 'children of God' and respect them as 'human persons'. Showing themselves obedient to the will of the Father in heaven, they educate their children to fulfill God's law. The duties of authorities
Those who exercise authority should do so as a service and facilitate the exercise of freedom and responsibility by all. The political rights attached to citizenship can and should be granted according to the requirements of the common good. The authorities is obliged to respect the fundamental rights of the human person and the conditions for the exercise of his freedom. The duties of citizens
Citizens should regard those in authority as representatives of God and contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity and freedom. However above all, citizens must obey God rather than men. "Every society's judgements and conduct reflect a vision of man and his destiny" Society holds responsibility for youth road accidents All members of the NT society have been working together to stop youth road accidents. Parents have been providing their children with the education and experience to avoid and prevent car crashes happening to them. Children have then been using the knowledge gained from their parents to reach out to the other members of their generation by using the current trends of youth (i.e. dance) to express this issue to make a change. The citizens have become actively involved in this change with the children and parents of society, by promoting and spreading awareness to the wider community. The authorities have been advertising the issue using its media sources. They have been tightening the law and car insurance to ensure the safety of society’s youth. With this cycle of education, awareness, involvement and dedication of each member of the NT society, it is very likely that this will make a permanent change. This society cares for its young people, in the same way that God cares for all his children.
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