How safe are soldiers returning from war zones when driving in the UK?

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A study has been carried out in America as to how veterans having fought in Iraq and Afghanistan cope with driving once they leave military service and the results are very interesting.

The evidence reveals that war veterans returning home have a 75% higher rate of fatal motor accidents (men and women) than civilians; troops still in uniform have a higher risk of crashing their cars immediately after returning from deployment and those who have had multiple tours to combat zones pose the highest risk.

The evidence also shows soldiers bring back driving habits that may be lifesaving in war zones are dangerous when driving at home, including speeding, straddling lanes, swerving on bridges and not wearing seat belts to aid quick escape.   Also Post Traumatic Stress Disorder increases aggressive and drunk driving.

I suspect the same can be said about British veterans returning home and I think this should be addressed and support given to our soldiers to help them adapt to the pace of things in the UK.  The risk of loss of life due to road accidents is not only to the soldiers but also to all other road users and pedestrians and is not prevention not better than cure?

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