Young car insurance holders 'cause a third of pedestrian casualties'

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Car insurance policyholders under the age of 30 are responsible for more than a third of pedestrian casualties, according to the director of policy and research at a leading road safety charity.

Neil Greig, from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), added there have been reductions in the number of fatalities caused by motor insurance holders but said more still needs to be done to support drivers.

"Pedestrian risk increases from two per cent of those injured aged between 20 and 50, to around nine per cent aged 80 and over. The greatest risk to pedestrians is car drivers under 30 who are involved in more than a third of pedestrian fatalities," he said.

Data from the IAM revealed since 2008, fatalities on the roads have dropped.

In the 16 to 19-year-old bracket they have dropped 33 per cent, by a quarter among motorists in their 70s and 22 per cent for drivers aged 80 and over, the statistics showed.

A recent study by Newcastle University revealed a third of motorists take unnecessary risks on the roads due to feeling bored behind the wheel.

Posted by Claire Carter

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