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Young Fear Riding with Reckless Drivers

Road TrafficA survey has revealed that over half of young people fear for their lives while travelling with an inexperienced driver, a speeding young person or a drunk driver.  About 56% of persons polled by the road safety group Brake and QBE Insurance revealed that they felt terrified while in a car driven by a young motorist.

Marking Road Safety Week, the survey showed that, out of the 8,110 people questioned between the ages 15 and 25, about 24% had been driven around by a young driver influenced by drugs or alcohol, and 54% had ridden with a young driver who was speeding by over 10mph. The poll also revealed that 21% of young passengers do not always use seatbelts while riding with a young driver. Furthermore, 82% said they would support at least one class of licence control on young drivers, including tougher penalties and a no-tolerance alcohol limit.

According to Brake, a young person is seriously injured on British roads every 90 minutes and gets killed in a car accident every 18 hours. The safety group also reported that drivers between the ages of 17 to 24 constituted only 12% of all licence holders, yet experienced road accidents resulting in 25% of serious injuries and deaths.

Julie Townsend from Brakes deplored the fact that more young people get killed in preventable road accidents than from anything else. She added that, every day more British families must face the horrific news that their son or daughter has died suddenly and violently in a young driver crashes.

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