HC Deb 01 June 1960 vol 624 c1418
15. Mr. Gresham Cooke

asked the Minister of Transport what proportions of deaths on the road have involved old people of 70 years of age and over and young people under 25 years of age, over the last available year.

Mr. Marples

In 1959 l7.8 per cent. of the persons killed in road accidents were aged 70 or over and 33.3 per cent. were under 25.

Mr. Gresham Cooke

These are two very big groups. If we can ascertain that there is a group of people who have accidents, might we not be able to have a specially directed campaign on the dangers affecting old people and young people and thereby reduce the number of accidents?

Mr. Marples

Special consideration and propaganda is already directed to elderly people and children, and this has been very effective in schools. The Question, of course, relates to the under-25 age group, which includes people of widely differing characteristics.

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