Restricted drivers are seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious injury crash than other drivers.
Young drivers on their restricted licence are over-represented in crashes on New Zealand roads.
Between 2016 and 2020 in Christchurch city there were 31 fatal and 276 serious injury crashes among drivers aged 16 to 24 years of age. Of these crashes, 17% of drivers were on their learner's licence and 20% on their restricted licence.
A restricted driver is at the greatest risk of having a crash in the first six months of driving solo than at any other time of their life. This increased risk is partly due to driving inexperience.