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Young drivers don't need curfews - they need better public transport 

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Young people account for a disproportionate amount of car crash fatalities Credit: Cultura Creative (RF) / Alamy 

Car accidents are the main cause of death among young people in developed nations. The fatality rate for drivers under 24 is around twice as high as it is for more experienced motorists, and in some countries the relative risk to young men in particular is actually increasing. Young drivers are a deadlier risk to themselves, their passengers, and other road users – for every young driver who dies on the road, an average of 1.3 people also lose their lives. 

It’s a public health crisis. If driving was a recreational drug it would have been made illegal years ago; if it was a disease we’d have celebrity appeals and fundraising events. Crashes kill more young people than HIV, suicide, malaria, tuberculosis...

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