A commenter over on Whale Oil has provided updated statistics for the NSW road crash toll and pointed out that most recently, under 26 year-olds were involved in only 20 percent of fatal crashes. A significant improvement on the average of 36 percent in the five years to 2003, the stats I used yesterday.
The question remains in my mind however.
The driving age was 17 during the 5 year period to 2003 and it has remained at 17 since. The post 2003 improved performance is not related to any rise in the driving age. Yet NZ is pushing the case that raising our age will bring the type of improvement seen in NSW?
Here are the changes implemented in July 2007.