So where are the collisions taking place?
If you live in Devon, the interactive dashboard below allows you to look at where you live and find out where young people have been involved in road traffic collisions in the past few years. Every element of the dashboard is interactive so you can investigate who is having the crashes and what are the main contributory factors involved.
What does the information tell us?
Each point on the map shows a crash where Police have attended and reported that at least one person has been injured. The collisions that are shown here will not represent every collision that has taken place. Non-injury collisions, unreported collisions and collisions that take place on private land will not be shown - clearly there are lots of crashes involving young people every year.
Many people think that high speed motorways are the most dangerous roads to drive along - in actual fact they are some of the safest as all traffic is travelling in the same direction and you can generally see far into the distance. Rural roads are actually where the highest level of severe collisions take place. Living in Devon you will be very aware that we have a lot of country lanes and rural roads - therefore we need to take extra care to keep safe when travelling on these routes.
When a crash is investigated by the Police they record likely factors that will have contributed to the collision. If you look a the 'Contributory Factors Among the Collisions' infographic you can very quickly get an idea of why young drivers are getting involved in these collisions. Here are a list of the top 4 factors.
- Failure to look properly
- Careless/Reckless in a hurry
- Loss of control
- Inexperienced driver or rider
You can find out more about the risk factors and how to manage them in our Survival Guide.