One in eight road injuries 'involve teenage drivers'

The high number of teenage drivers involved in dangerous road accidents has come under the spotlight - one in eight collisions ending in injury caused by 17-19-year-olds, a survey from the RAC has shown.

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Young drivers involved in 'almost one in eight accidents'

Drivers aged between 17-19-years-old are involved in almost one in every eight road accident in the UK, according to a survey from the RAC.

London had the smallest proportion of road accidents caused by young drivers, the RAC found. Credit: PA

Despite the high number of accidents caused by 17-19-year-old drivers, only 1.5% licenses were held by teenagers, the insurance company said.

The nationwide statistics released by the RAC showed 11.9% of accidents were caused by drivers aged 17 to 19, with the highest proportion of casualties in the Dyfed Powys area of Wales (18.2%).

This was followed by Gwent in Wales (17%), Cumbria and North Wales (15.8%), the northern and Grampian regions (15.7%) and Cornwall (15.5%). London had the smallest proportion (5.6%).

Covering the five years from 2008 to 2012, the survey work was commissioned by the RAC Foundation and carried out by transport research laboratory TRL.

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