New drivers' lack of experience causes one in five of them to have an accident within the first six months of passing their tests. These crashes can be fatal in some cases, and of 91 people killed in British road accidents every day, a third of them are under 25. But researchers have claimed that by banning young drivers from night-time driving, 200 lives a year could be saved.
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The researchers from Cardiff University found that if driving limitations were introduced, such as the Graduate Licensing (GDL) restrictions that are in place in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and parts of the USA, as well as preventing 200 fatalities a year, there would be around 1,700 fewer injuries.
The bans would be placed on drivers aged between 17 and 24 for two years after they pass their tests and would include driving at night time and carrying passengers of the same age group.
Dr Sarah Jones, who led the research, studied road crashes in the UK between 2000 and 2007 involving drivers aged 17 to 19 years old.
She said: "GDL works in other countries and there's no good reason why it wouldn't work here. The cost to the NHS would be significantly reduced.
"It's not only lives that would be saved. Insurance costs should drop substantially if the number of crashes involving young drivers were reduced."
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