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Complainant Name:
Full Fact

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mirror

Complaint:

Full Fact complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article reporting of a survey carried out by AA/Populus which was in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant stated that the newspaper incorrectly said that 1 in 4 young drivers had a crash in the first six months after passing their driving test. In fact, the survey was of drivers who had been involved in a crash, and of the 18 to 24 years old polled, 23% had been involved in a crash within 6 months of passing their test.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the online article and the publication of the following correction in print and online:

In an article reporting on a survey by AA/Populus on page 37 on 20 July we said that 1 in 4 young drivers have a crash in the first six months after passing their driving test. We should have made it clear that the survey was of drivers who had been involved in a crash, and that 23% of the 18 to 24 year-olds polled had been involved in their first crash within 6 months of passing their test.

Date Published: 17/10/2012



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