Government Records of Road Fatalities

The British government has recorded and published the number of deaths in many road accidents across the country purposely to provide warning especially to young motorists to follow the Highway Code and other vital traffic regulations so that road fatalities would be prevented.

Road accidents involving young drivers between 17 and 21 years old are taking a terrible toll on young road users. There were 234 teenage car passengers who were seriously injured or killed when the young driver they were travelling with had been involved in car crashes last year.

That’s more than four deaths a week. If you would include casualties of all severities, the figure could rise to 2,144 or it’s around 41 deaths each week.

According to the government data, it’s not just passengers that are caught in the wreckage. There were 191 people under 24 years of age were killed and around 20,000 were injured in 2013. They’re all riders and drivers of cars and motorbikes.

Teenage drivers between the ages of 17 and 19 make up only 1.5% of full licence holders yet they are involved in 12% of accidents where someone is killed or seriously hurt.

But there is more shocking statistics. This could probably explain why road accidents are the biggest killer of young people in the UK, bigger than both drugs and alcohol.

These latest figures have been prompting many concern individuals and government officials for a renewed call aimed at the introduction of a system of graduated licensing for young drivers, where they  couldn’t gain access to a full licence until they’ve acquired longer experience on the road.

The system has been proven effective in reducing the number of young driver casualties. For example, , car crash injuries reduced by 23 % in New Zealand for those aged 15 to 19 years old and by 12 % for 20 to 24 years old  following the graduated licensing being introduced in that country.

A graduated system in the UK has been estimated to result in up to 114 fewer deaths and as many as 870 fewer serious injuries every year.

The graduated licensing consists of three stages: (1.) The “learner” period. This would last a minimum of 12 months. (2.) The “intermediate” (3.) The “novice.” This usually with restrictions on driving at night and passengers.

One in every five newly-qualified young motorists would have an accident within six months after passing their driving test, so the government would also restrict the number of young passengers that can be carried by a young driver in the first six months after passing his or her driving test.

This has been a fact that the risk of road accident increases in the presence of young passengers in the car because young passengers are a distraction to young drivers.

Plus, it would impose a zero alcohol limit and a driving curfew between 11:00 o’clock in the evening and 4:00 o’clock dawn during the first six-month period, although, those young motorists who are travelling to their driving schools in Leeds or to their work, would be allowed to drive at night.

The system wouldn’t only save lives, but it would also reduce the car insurance premiums resulting in  potential saving of £370 a year.

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