A total of 234 teenage passengers were killed or seriously injured in one year in crashes where the driver was aged 17-19, new figures reveal today.
And 49 teenage drivers, aged 17-19, were killed over the same period, with 433 seriously injured.
The death and injury toll was highlighted by the RAC Foundation based on figures for 2013, the most up-to-date available.
The RAC said that if slight injuries were included the figure rose to 2,144, or around 41 each week.
It added that research showed that while 17 to 19-year-old drivers make up only 1.5 per cent of licence holders, they are involved in 12 per cent of collisions in which people die or are seriously injured.
RAC Foundation director, Professor Stephen Glaister, said: “The coalition government repeatedly promised to publish a green paper on young driver safety and repeatedly failed to do so. In the meantime young people have continued to die.
“We would urge the new Government to do what the last one did not and debate the subject formally and publicly.
“The casualty figures do not cast blame for accidents, but given the disproportionate number of young drivers involved in accidents, the conclusion must be that many teenagers are being killed by the inexperience of their friends at the wheel.
“Factor in casualty figures for young drivers themselves and other people who might be involved in these accidents and the scale of the problem only gets bigger.”
In November last year five teenagers were killed in a horror crash near Doncaster.
Arpad Kore and Bartosz Bortniczak, both 18 and Jordanna Goodwin, Megan Storey and Blake Cairns, all 16, died after a two-car crash on Sheffield Road, Conisbrough.
Four were students at Danum Academy, Doncaster, at the time.
Three years earlier three teenager friends were killed in another horror smash in nearby Mexborough.
Robert Tepper and Jonathan Scott, both 17, were killed along with 16-year-old Lauren Birkett when the car they were travelling in collided with an oncoming car at the junction of Adwick Road and Crow Tree Lane.