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BC coroner wants review of licensing program and deaths of young drivers

In a report released today, the coroners service is asking the province to review the deaths of 106 youth who were killed behind the wheel between 2004 and 2013.

Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe says the Graduated Licensing Program has reduced young driver deaths since the program was introduced in 1998.

But she says it’s time for a review to emphasize driver safety.

The coroner found that most of the deceased drivers were males between 17 and 18 years old.

While motor vehicle incidents are the leading cause of death among youth between 15 and 18 years old.

Lapointe said the government didn’t contact the coroners service before raising speed limits on some roadways last year.

The report also recommends starting pilot projects that involve automated speed enforcement at limited sights identified as crash areas.

The ministers of justice and transportation said they were open to the recommendations.

But they added it was too early to say when they would be implemented.

Of the 106 fatalities, 27 were from incidents that occurred in BC’s north.

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