A total of 74 teenage passengers were killed or injured in a year in South Yorkshire crashes where the driver was aged between 17 and 19, new figures reveal.
The RAC said across the UK 2,378 teenage passengers were killed in 2013 when the driver they were travelling with was aged 17 to 19. A total of 20 were killed, 214 were seriously injured and 2,144 were injured.
In South Yorkshire, one teenager was killed, 10 were seriously injured and another 63 were injured. In Derbyshire, five were seriously hurt and 46 injured.
The RAC said research showed that while 17 to 19-year-old drivers make up only 1.5 per cent of licence holders, they are involved in 12 per cent of collisions in which people die or are seriously injured.
The figures also revealed 49 drivers aged 17 to 19 were killed in accidents in 2013, with 433 seriously injured.
RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister called for more to be done by the Government.
He said: “The casualty figures do not cast blame for accidents, but given the disproportionate number of young drivers involved in accidents, the conclusion must be that many teenagers are being killed by the inexperience of their friends at the wheel.
“Factor in casualty figures for young drivers themselves and other people who might be involved in these accidents and the scale of the problem only gets bigger.”
In November last year, Arpad Kore and Bartosz Bortniczak, both 18, and Jordanna Goodwin, Megan Storey and Blake Cairns, all 16, died after a two-car crash on Sheffield Road, Conisbrough.
Three years earlier three teenage friends were killed in a smash in nearby Mexborough.