High crash figure for young drivers

Professor Stephen Glaister
Professor Stephen Glaister
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New figures reveal 13.9 per cent of all casualties hurt in collisions on South Yorkshire roads involved vehicles with drivers aged between 17 and 19.

Nationally one in eight –or 11.9 per cent– of all road casualties hurt or killed in collisions involve a car driver aged 17 to 19, despite young drivers making up only 1.5 per cent of licensed motorists.

The Transport Research Laboratory produced the figures in a report for the RAC Foundation.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Whichever way you cut it, young drivers pose a significant and disproportionate risk to themselves and to others and it is in rural areas where the casualty rate is highest.

“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.

“We should all have an interest in preserving young drivers’ lives rather than exposing them to undue risk at the stage of their driving careers where they are most vulnerable. This is about ensuring their long term safety and mobility.”