Inexperienced driver fears revealed

More than half of young people fear for their lives when they travel with an inexperienced driver, a survey has shown.

And the majority have been put at risk by their fellow young person’s speeding or drink-driving, the survey by road safety charity Brake and QBE Insurance found.

Based on responses from 8,110 people aged 15-25, the poll came at the launch of Road Safety Week.

It revealed that 56% of those surveyed feared for their lives when they were a passenger in a car driven by a young driver.

In addition, 24% had been in a car with a young drivers who had been drinking or taking drugs, while 54% had been a passenger with a young driver who broke speed limits by more than 10mph.

The survey also found that 21% of young people do not always wear seatbelts when a passenger with a young driver.

Also, 82% were in favour of at least one type of licence restriction on young drivers, such as a zero-tolerance alcohol limit and tougher penalties.

Brake said that, on average, a young person is killed on UK roads every 18 hours, while a young person suffers a serious injury every 90 minutes.

Brake also pointed out that drivers aged 17 to 24 made up only 12% of licence holders yet were involved in crashes resulting in 25% of deaths and serious injuries.

Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend said: “It is unacceptable that more young people die in preventable road crashes than from any other cause. Every day, more families face the unbearable news that a loved one has been killed suddenly and violently, or suffered a horrific injury, in young driver crashes.

“We are calling for urgent action to tackle this needless suffering and the huge costs to society.”

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