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Young people road casualties

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  • Release date: 17 May 2018
  • Period covered: 2016
A report about road traffic casualties amongst young people, that is people aged between 16 and 24 inclusive.

Chart showing the number of casualties involved in police recorded road accidents aged 16-24 on Welsh roads, 1979 - 2016 by severity. The chart shows an overall decline since 1979 for all severities. Source: Reported road accidents system, Welsh Government

Key points

2016 saw the lowest number of young people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on Welsh roads

  • There were 239 young person KSI casualties in 2016, a reduction of 39.6 per cent compared with the 2004-08 average. The Welsh Government target is a 40 per cent reduction by 2020.
  • 2016 was the first year since 2012 which saw a fall in young person KSI casualties.

In 2016 young people aged 16-24 represented 12 per cent of the population of Wales but accounted for 22 per cent of KSI road casualties

  • Young men were involved in more than twice as many accidents as young women.
  • During the working week, young people were most likely to be involved in accidents during rush hour.


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