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Road accidents 'biggest killer'

Extra tests for new drivers will be considered by the Transport Committee today as the latests statistics show the first increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents since 1994.

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Young male drivers have higher crash rate than females

The Government will today discuss plans to reduce the number of deaths on the roads, road accidents are the main cause of death for young people aged 15 to 24.

  • In 2011 390 people between the ages of 16 and 24 were killed on the roads, 158 of these deaths were young drivers
  • Young male drivers have much higher crash rates than young females, with 27% of 17 to 19 year old males involved in a road collision within the first year of passing their test
  • One in five new drivers will have a crash within six months of passing their tests

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