ARSRPE Conference Paper Database

Safer Celebrations - safer young people on the roads

Deans, Anne

Community Based Road Safety

2004

Parties and celebrations are an important element of becoming an adult. Parties provide young people with an opportunity to socialise, meet other young people and to celebrate significant life events. But while parties are important for social developmental reasons, they can also bring into play a range of risk factors that when combined, work together to increase the risk of injury to young people. The combination of peer dynamics, a tendency towards high-risk behaviours and a desire to let go at parties can make for an environment of heightened risk. Add to this the increased potential for young people to consume alcohol and/or drugs at a party and the risk of injury and other harm increases even further.