Restricted drivers are seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious injury crash than other drivers. Between 2016 to 2020, drivers in Christchurch city aged between 16 to 24 accounted for 31 fatal crashes and 276 serious injury crashes.
Young drivers on their restricted licence are over-represented in crashes on New Zealand roads.
Between 2015 and 2019, there were 15 fatal crashes and 142 serious injury crashes where the driver aged 16 to 24 was primarily responsible. Of all these crashes, 22% of drivers were on their learners licence and 29% were 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.