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Around 30 young drivers are killed every year on the roads across Wales

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Welsh Police forces say they are calling for young drivers to "change driving behaviours" to stop approximately 30 deaths a year.

Welsh Government research shows young drivers are more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal accident than any other road user group.

Police say technology can enable young drivers to act more sensibly and Dash Cams can be used as "learning aids to improve driving habits and improve safety."

Police also recommend Black Boxes, which get fitted into cars to monitor speed.

Young drivers are a unique group of road users, inexperienced and at the start of their driving lives. For some, the freedom of being able to travel freely is reward enough however, an increasing number of new drivers are choosing to drive dangerously, take risks, give into peer pressure and put lives at risk.

From figures published by Welsh Government in 2016, there were 239 young people aged 16-24 killed or seriously injured. This is an alarming figure, with so many young adults affected by dangerous driving.

Changing behaviours takes a partnership approach, reducing the young drivers killed or seriously injured requires emergency services, family, friends and technology to work together.

– Jonathan Edwards, All Wales Strategic Roads Policing Lead

It is encouraging to see that this is an area where partners have collectively achieved some welcome reductions in the number of young people losing their lives on Welsh roads.

Young people are increasingly becoming aware of the risks facing them as they navigate life and social media has become an invaluable tool for getting key messages across and raising awareness.

We will continue to support, guide and importantly listen to their views as it is important that they themselves help shape future developments and identify gaps in knowledge and experience.

– Andy Broadhead, Welsh Government