Prime Minister joins F1 stars for safety drive

Prime Minister David Cameron will join motor racing stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button to help launch the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

The trio will call for action to lower the worldwide road-crash death toll which particularly affects young people.

The event in London is one of a series taking place across the world to launch a campaign that will attempt to save five million lives and prevent 50 million serious injuries over the next 10 years.

Road traffic injuries are the number-one killer of young people over 10 years old worldwide. By the end of the decade they are forecast to overtake HIV/Aids if no action is taken.

The road safety charity Brake, the Association of British Insurers and the Co-operative Insurance Company published a survey showing that two out of five young drivers think it is acceptable to break the 30mph limit by 10mph or more.

Also, 24 per cent of these drivers aged 16 to 21 see nothing wrong with drinking up to one and a half pints of beer, or equivalent alcohol, before taking the wheel.

The three organisations launching the campaign would like to see a restriction put on the time of day that young drivers can take to the road to prevent late-night speeding crashes.

They also want young drivers to be given a lower legal alcohol limit and be restricted from carrying young passengers.

“It’s a tragedy that so many people are killed and injured just because simple safety measures are not in place,” said Jenson.

“On the race circuit I rely on my helmet, seatbelt, the safety features of the car and the track working together to help reduce the risk of injury. It should be the same on the public roads in every country – safer cars, safer roads, education and better enforcement.”

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