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Graduated Driver Licensing - Casualty Savings

1 June 2014

Graduated Driver Licensing: a regional analysis of potential casualty savings in Great Britain: RAC Foundation & TRL

This new report plots the “human cost of crashes” involving young drivers across 49 different areas of Britain. The study was carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) on behalf of the RAC Foundation.

Nearly one in eight (11.9%) of all road casualties are hurt or killed in collisions involving a car driver aged 17-19. This is despite 17-19 year-olds making up only 1.5% of licensed drivers.

The proportion of casualties is highest in Dyfed Powys at almost one in five (18.2%). This is followed by Gwent (17%), Cumbria and North Wales (15.8%), Northern and Grampian (15.7%) and Cornwall (15.5%). London had the smallest proportion (5.6%). 

It also highlights a marked difference between rural and urban driving risk.

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