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Young people road casualties

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  • Release date: 26 April 2017
  • Period covered: 2015
  • Next update: May 2018
An annual report about road traffic casualties amongst young people, that is people aged between 16 and 24 inclusive.

Key points

Progress towards 2020 target

  • The number of Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) Young People, aged 16-24 years, was 284 in 2015, an increase of 4 per cent since 2014.
  • Whilst the number of KSI casualties in this age group has increased in recent years there has still been a reduction of 28 per cent against the 2004 – 08 average.
  • The target is that by 2020, and compared with the 2004 to 2008 average, there will be a 40 per cent reduction in the number of young people (aged 16 to 24) KSI.

Higher risk of road traffic casualties for young people

  • Young people aged 16 to 24 were 12 per cent of the population and 23 per cent of all KSI in 2015. Over the last five years, the average was 23.2 per cent of KSI casualties.

Passenger casualties

  • The relative risk of becoming a casualty for young people is much higher as a passenger than as a pedestrian or driver. Young people aged 16 to 19 were 4.9 per cent of the population in 2015, but they accounted for 15 per cent of all passenger fatalities over the five year period 2011 to 2015 inclusive.
  • Just under half (47 per cent) of passenger casualties aged 16 to 19 were in vehicles driven by drivers aged between 17 and 19, and a further 21 per cent were vehicles driven by drivers aged 20-24.

Drivers’ involvement in accidents

  • Between 2011 and 2015, young people aged 17 to 19 were 4 per cent of the population (mid-2015 figures), but 6 per cent of all drivers (3,497) in accidents were in that age bracket.


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