Road Safety Week shines light on young drivers

08 November 2006
This year's Road Safety Week (November 6th to 12th), organised by road safety charity Brake, focuses on safety issues surrounding young drivers.

A survey from Brake shows that a third of young people say they have taken part in road races either as drivers or passengers.

Cathy Keeler, Brake's head of campaigns, told Radio Four's Today programme that road deaths were the biggest single killer of 15 to 25 year olds.

Only one in eight car license holders are under 25, but one in three drivers who die in accidents are part of this age group, she said.

Brake advocates graduated driving licensing, which would involve young drivers acquiring their licence in several stages over two to three years.

Learner drivers would thus be "building up towards the more dangerous and difficult driving" under controlled conditions, said Ms Keeler.

Mary Williams, chief executive of Brake, has stressed the charity is pressing the government to introduce graduated licensing, including "a post-test period of restrictions on driving".

Car insurer company More Than has meanwhile warned that almost one million young people have been in, or know someone who has been in, an accident at night in the last three years.

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