Laurence Atchison, Senior Research officer, PACTS

Lawrence-AitchsonLaurence Atchison joined PACTS in October 2015. During the past year he has been writing a PACTS policy report which will form part of the European Transport Safety Council’s new project, YEARS: Young Europeans Acting for Road Safety.

The policy report looks at the situation facing young drivers and riders on Europe’s roads and how different countries have attempted to improve their safety.

Prior to joining PACTS, Laurence worked as a researcher for the Liberal Democrats in Parliament and studied at the LSE and King’s College, London.

Presentation: Youth and Road Safety in Europe

Young drivers and riders aged 15-25 years are more likely to be killed on Europe’s roads than their older counterparts, despite continued improvements in road safety. Road collisions remain one of the highest external causes of death for young people and the risks are especially high for young men and young riders.

The ETSC’s latest project, ‘YEARS: Young Europeans Acting for Road Safety’, aims to develop a better understanding of the reasons why young people still face such high risks when using the roads. A policy report, written by PACTS, looks at the current situation across Europe, the main issues young people face in their first years of driving and riding and what can be done to help reduce the risks.