Calls for curbs on young drivers to prevent road deaths

Calls for curbs on young drivers to prevent road deaths

Calls for curbs on young drivers to prevent road deaths

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Tighter restrictions on newly qualified drivers would prevent 15 people being killed or seriously injured every year in Sussex.

That’s according to new research which argues stricter controls on young drivers would mean 122 fewer road accident injuries in the county.

The report is part of a bid from road safety campaigners calling for the introduction of graduated driving licensing (GDL) to limit the risks posed by and to young drivers.

Restrictions considered under GDL schemes include a minimum learner period and a lower permitted alcohol limit for new drivers.

Superintendent Jane Derrick of Sussex Police said she would support changes to the law that could be proven to help reduce the number of people killed or injured on the roads.

She added: “One in every eight people injured on the roads in Sussex are hurt in a collision involving a young driver. That does not necessarily mean the young drivers were the cause of the collision, they may just have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“It also has to be said that young drivers are not all poor drivers compared to other motorists but it is true that they are less experienced on the roads and that means that they may not anticipate how other motorists will behave and could be involved in accidents that more experienced drivers could avoid.

“Young drivers would inevitably feel that they are being punished for having committed no crime if they were suddenly placed under new restrictions that prevented them using the roads at certain times of the day but ultimately if that would keep them and other drivers safer then I would support it.”

The county would be among the biggest beneficiaries both in terms of road death reductions and financially – with tighter controls saving an estimated £6.6 million every year.

The research has been carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory in a report commissioned by the RAC Foundation and based on police crash data over five years between 2008 and 2012.

More than one in eight accidents resulting in death or injury in Sussex involve a driver aged between 17 and 19 years old, which is marginally above the national average.

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9:38am Fri 6 Jun 14

scuba1 says...

I have seen a lot of very elderly people that could do with retesting as well .
I have seen a lot of very elderly people that could do with retesting as well . scuba1
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10:35am Fri 6 Jun 14

leach1527 says...

I can't understand why it has taken so long to propose such ideas.

There are various initiatives that could be implemented to reduce accidents involving young drivers. There could be a 2 year probationary period in which certain restrictions apply e.g. zero alcohol limit; curfews; limit of 2 people in a car after certain time; engine capacity limit ; immediate 12 month ban for speeding or other serious offences and mandatory retake of driving test. I am sure there are other actions that could be taken, but for too long nothing has been done.

This is not to bash young drivers, many of whom are sensible and careful, but to protect everyone, including themselves, from the reckless minority.

Hopefully, if such initiatives brought about a big reduction in accidents involving youngsters, the upside would be greatly reduced insurance premiums for young drivers, which at the moment are astronomical.
I can't understand why it has taken so long to propose such ideas. There are various initiatives that could be implemented to reduce accidents involving young drivers. There could be a 2 year probationary period in which certain restrictions apply e.g. zero alcohol limit; curfews; limit of 2 people in a car after certain time; engine capacity limit ; immediate 12 month ban for speeding or other serious offences and mandatory retake of driving test. I am sure there are other actions that could be taken, but for too long nothing has been done. This is not to bash young drivers, many of whom are sensible and careful, but to protect everyone, including themselves, from the reckless minority. Hopefully, if such initiatives brought about a big reduction in accidents involving youngsters, the upside would be greatly reduced insurance premiums for young drivers, which at the moment are astronomical. leach1527
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10:46am Fri 6 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

"“One in every eight people injured on the roads in Sussex are hurt in a collision involving a young driver. That does not necessarily mean the young drivers were the cause of the collision.."

Then why focus upon them???

*facepalm*
"“One in every eight people injured on the roads in Sussex are hurt in a collision involving a young driver. That does not necessarily mean the young drivers were the cause of the collision.." Then why focus upon them??? *facepalm* ZeeGee, ffs
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12:13pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Rita Snatch says...

7 out of every 8 people, injured or killed in a car collision, were NOT young.
7 out of every 8 people, injured or killed in a car collision, were NOT young. Rita Snatch
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4:28pm Sun 8 Jun 14

kopite_rob says...

Insurance premiums are astronomical because from the insurance industries own data 1 in 10 drivers on the road is uninsured.
Unfortunately speed cameras can't stop and arrest uninsured motorists.

As for young driver policy I find it hard to understand why there's such heavy regulation for motorcycles but no equivalent for car drivers. A young biker can't go out and buy a 1000cc bike, surely young drivers should be limited to a 1.2l car?
Insurance premiums are astronomical because from the insurance industries own data 1 in 10 drivers on the road is uninsured. Unfortunately speed cameras can't stop and arrest uninsured motorists. As for young driver policy I find it hard to understand why there's such heavy regulation for motorcycles but no equivalent for car drivers. A young biker can't go out and buy a 1000cc bike, surely young drivers should be limited to a 1.2l car? kopite_rob
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