One in eight road casualties caused by young drivers

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Young drivers cause nearly one in eight of casualties on the road, according to a survey from motoring charity the RAC Foundation.

The study found that 11.9% of road casualties, that are hurt or killed in collision, involved a car driver aged 17-19, despite only making up 1.5% of licensed drivers.

Geographically, the proportion of casualties is highest in Dyfed Powys at 18.2% followed by Gwent at 17%, Cumbria and North Wales at 15.8% and Northern and Grampian at 15.7%. London had the smallest proportion at 5.6%.

The study, carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory for the RAC Foundation, also claimed that if a graduated driver licensing system was introduced, around 4,5000 fewer people would be hurt in an average year – including about 430 people would otherwise been killed or seriously injured.

Currently one in five young drivers will have an accident within six months of passing their test, which the foundation pointed out was due to both their lack of experience, and the biological and behavioural characteristics of youth.

RAC Foundation director Stephen Glaister said that young drivers posed a significant and disproportionate risk to themselves and to others.

He added: “The government has repeatedly delayed announcing its strategy to help reduce young driver accidents but here is yet another piece of evidence which shows graduated licensing can significantly cut death and injury.”

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