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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Cumbria's teenage drivers among worst in Britain for crashes

Cumbria has one of the highest rates of car crashes involving young drivers in the country, according to new research.

Nearly 16 per cent of casualties hurt or killed in collisions in the county involve a driver aged between 17 and 19.

Statistics show that almost one in eight car crashes across Britain involve teenage drivers, despite 17 to 19-year-olds making up just 1.5 per cent of drivers.

The region with the highest proportion of young casualties is Dyfed Powys in Wales with more than 18 per cent, according to figures collected by the Transport Research Laboratory (RSL) in an RAC Foundation report.

Cumbria has the third highest proportion, equal with north Wales, and behind Gwent.

The report claims that if a system of graduated driving licences, which sees temporary restrictions put on newly-qualified young drivers, was introduced there would be about 4,500 fewer injuries per year.

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.”

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