A study by national road safety charity Brake has revealed that young drivers are regularly taking deadly risks on the road.

Research has shown that 33% of young drivers admit to overtaking blind with 1 in 11 youths admitting to driving under the influence of illegal drugs and 50% admitting to using a hand-held phone whilst driving.

These results are revealed in conjunction with a national conference being held in Manchester today which is bringing experts together to discuss strategies to combat reckless driving by youngsters.

With more than 14 young drivers and passengers dying every week in road accidents throughout Britain, Brake’s head of campaigns, Cathy Keeler, stresses the need to introduce compulsory road safety education in schools and a system of Graduated Driver Licensing.

Cathy Keeler comments: “The Government must take steps to tackle extreme risk-taking and appalling numbers of deaths and injuries involving young drivers. We must educate young people on the consequences of taking these deadly risks and ensure we have a robust, structured system of learning to drive in place”.

At the conference Brake will put pressure on the Government to publish its long-awaited consultation on novice drivers and to take prompt action to cut casualties.

Stephen Jury


January 29, 2008