During a presentation on a study on youth mortality in traffic accidents, written by Julio Laria, the director of the Institute of Road Safety at the Mapfre Foundation, the Director General of traffic, María Seguí, has stated that, “No disease kills as many young people as traffic accidents”.

The presentation was accompanied by statistics that show that road accidents are the leading cause of death for people aged one to 35 years of age, with data collated from the “black boxes” of 80,000 vehicles driven by young people who voluntarily agreed to participate in the study.

The installed devices measured such activities as speed, mileage and use, so as to provide a clearer picture of the attitudes and actions of young drivers, in order to try to analyse traffic accidents which are a “public health issue”, according to Laria.

Having collated the statistics from the study, the author has recommended a “gradual driving” system, which would allow young people into traffic situations in stages. The idea is to establish certain limitations for beginners, such as certain times in which it should not drive or have them accompanied by an experienced driver.

The report also suggests changing training processes that not only practice under ideal conditions but also in other contexts such as adverse weather conditions or at night. The expert also proposes technological solutions that could help reduce mortality figures such as GPS devices, which provide information on the mileage and average speeds and an automatic helpdesk in case of accident.

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