Gwent second worst in UK for teen drivers' crashes

South Wales Argus: NEW SURVEY: RAC figures show Gwent has a high crash rate for young drivers NEW SURVEY: RAC figures show Gwent has a high crash rate for young drivers

GWENT has the second highest proportion of young drivers involved in fatal and serious road accidents in the UK, new research has shown.

For the first time the human cost of crashes involving young drivers has been plotted across Britain, finding significant regional variations with Gwent having the second highest proportion of injuries as a result of a crash involving a teenage driver.

Research found recently qualified drivers, particularly teenagers, face a disproportionate risk of being involved in a tragic accident that may involve death or serious injury, not only to themselves but also to their passengers and other road users.

The RAC Foundation found that between 2008 and 2012 there were on average 188,368 people injured in car accidents every year. It says that 22,391 of those, or one in every eight drivers, were hurt as a result of a crash involving a 17 to 19 year old driver.

This means 11.9 per cent of all those who are are hurt or killed in collisions involves a car driver aged 17-19, despite 17-19 year-olds making up only 1.5 per cent of licensed drivers.

However, the proportion of casualties is highest in Dyfed Powys at almost one in five or 18.2 per cent, closely followed by Gwent at 17 per cent, 6.1 per cent higher than the national average.

London had the smallest proportion at just 5.6 per cent.

The research was carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory, in a report commissioned by the RAC Foundation.

TRL also made a conservative estimate of what the reduction in casualties would be in each area if a system of graduated driving licensing (GDL) was introduced.

It found in Gwent it would mean 40 fewer casualties a year and save eight people from fatal or serious injuries, saving £1.4 million a year in social and economic benefits.

Based on the experience of other countries where GDL is in operation, the report authors concluded that across Britain about 4,500 fewer people would be hurt in an average year, including 430 people who would otherwise have been killed or seriously injured.

Among other possible requirements like a minimum learner period and lower alcohol limit for new drivers, GDL schemes typically place temporary restrictions on newly qualified young drivers in the first few months after they pass their tests, like a passenger limit and a late night curfew.

Currently one in five young drivers will have an accident within six months of passing their test.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “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.

“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, not curtailing it. ”

Gwent Police’s Roads Policing Superintendent Paul Evans said: “Statistically, young drivers fall into a high risk category of those more likely to be involved in a collision.

“In an effort to raise awareness and improve road safety amongst young drivers, officers from our Roads Policing Unit carry out regular campaigns with our partner agencies.

“It is a tragedy when anyone is killed in a road traffic collision."

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9:32am Wed 28 May 14

real comment says...

THE REASON BEING THE POLICE ARE NOT ON PATROL ENOUGH
ONE EXAMPLE LATE AT NIGHT ON THE MOTORWAY
THE REASON BEING THE POLICE ARE NOT ON PATROL ENOUGH ONE EXAMPLE LATE AT NIGHT ON THE MOTORWAY real comment
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10:29am Wed 28 May 14

JanJenkins says...

The Biggest problem is,
The day a teenage driver passes their test, all sense goes out of the window. They pile their Mates into the car making the vehicle unsteady and unpredictable as well as increasing braking distance.
So when they have a crash loads of people are hurt or killed. Maybe restricting the amount of passengers new drivers can carry for a couple of months until these new drivers get used to driving without instruction could help.
I wonder actually how many of these crashes are down to overloaded cars by new drivers, and what time of day does these happen. Probably after dark.
The Biggest problem is, The day a teenage driver passes their test, all sense goes out of the window. They pile their Mates into the car making the vehicle unsteady and unpredictable as well as increasing braking distance. So when they have a crash loads of people are hurt or killed. Maybe restricting the amount of passengers new drivers can carry for a couple of months until these new drivers get used to driving without instruction could help. I wonder actually how many of these crashes are down to overloaded cars by new drivers, and what time of day does these happen. Probably after dark. JanJenkins
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1:17pm Wed 28 May 14

mvaone says...

Another factor is they are using mobile phones whilst driving and the biggest culprits are young girls it's a fact that is being ignored as the more you drive the more of them you see texting.
Another factor is they are using mobile phones whilst driving and the biggest culprits are young girls it's a fact that is being ignored as the more you drive the more of them you see texting. mvaone
  • Score: 2

1:27pm Wed 28 May 14

biker1 says...

Sadly it boils down to he following issues within the police

1. A high percentage of he response officers are up to heir eyeballs with work many shifts are understaffed and overworked

2. Sadly there are a small percentage who are bone idol and shy away from work like water off a ducks back

3 the traffic unit can barely put out enough cars to meet minimum staffing levels. This is due to officers working their backsides off investigating the fatal collisions the teenagers are involved in.

Lastly
4. Teenagers pass their test and drive like idiots with no consideration for other road uses. But when stopped by police and they are dealt with they ring their dad's crying they have just had 3points and a fine and the parents proclaim their child would never drive like that.

FATAL COLLISIONS don't just happen they are caused by idiotic driving

The courts should get tough and absolutely slam these people in court making sure they never drive again. Families are torn apart following the death of a child.
Sadly it boils down to he following issues within the police 1. A high percentage of he response officers are up to heir eyeballs with work many shifts are understaffed and overworked 2. Sadly there are a small percentage who are bone idol and shy away from work like water off a ducks back 3 the traffic unit can barely put out enough cars to meet minimum staffing levels. This is due to officers working their backsides off investigating the fatal collisions the teenagers are involved in. Lastly 4. Teenagers pass their test and drive like idiots with no consideration for other road uses. But when stopped by police and they are dealt with they ring their dad's crying they have just had 3points and a fine and the parents proclaim their child would never drive like that. FATAL COLLISIONS don't just happen they are caused by idiotic driving The courts should get tough and absolutely slam these people in court making sure they never drive again. Families are torn apart following the death of a child. biker1
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