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National Road Safety Week


12:02am 21st November 2011

Families from Yorkshire who have lost loved ones in devastating young driver crashes are calling for action at the launch of Road Safety Week, coordinated by the Yorkshire road safety charity Brake.

Their calls come as the latest road safety stats show every 16 hours a young person is seriously injured on Yorkshire's road.

Even more shocking, is that every 9 days a young person in our region is killed.

The stats have been released as part of National Road Safety Week.

Young drivers are involved in a disproportionately high number of crashes that kill and injure people of all ages.

UK-wide, young drivers (age 17-24) are involved in crashes that result in one in four road deaths and serious injuries (24%). That's 17 deaths and serious injuries every day.

Brake is demanding government action to tackle these needless casualties, highlighting evidence that ‘graduated driver licensing’, including a minimum learning to drive period and restrictions for novices, would prevent 200 deaths and thousands of injuries each year.

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