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ABI Launches Campaign For Safe Young Drivers As Public Back New Young Driver Proposals

  • The single biggest cause of accidental death of young people aged 15-24 is dying in a car.
  • In 2011, 5419 people were killed or seriously injured as a result of accidents involving at least one young car driver
  • As many as 15 families everyday devastated by car crashes involving young drivers.
  • 40% of 17 year old males have an accident in their first six months of driving.

For sources see Notes to Editors two.

To coincide with Road Safety Week, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has published new research showing overwhelming public backing for radical new proposals to help stop young people dying or being seriously injured on our roads. 3742 people of all age groups were surveyed by YouGov on proposals to change the current approach to learning to drive. The survey found that:

  • 76% agreed that there should be restrictions on young drivers after passing their driving test
  • 71% supported restricting the number of young passengers that newly qualified young drivers are allowed to carry.
  • 57% agreed with a minimum 12-month learning period before taking the driving test to enable young drivers to gain more supervised practice.
  • 60% supported changes to the driving test and the way in which it is conducted.
  • 60% of people asked thought that a combination of all four proposals would be effective in helping to make young drivers safer on the roads.
  • 58% supported a restriction on night-time driving (11pm-4am) for newly qualified young drivers.

See Notes to Editors for more information on the survey.

James Dalton, the ABI's Head of Motor, said:

"Radical action is needed to reduce the tragic waste of young lives on our roads, especially among the 17-24 age group. A car is potentially a lethal weapon, and we must do more to help young drivers deal better with the dangers of driving. Our campaign for Safe Young Drivers is gaining momentum with a significant number of people supporting our proposals. Improving the safety of young drivers will also mean that motor insurance premiums will become more affordable for families with young drivers.

"We are calling on the Government to join the campaign and take these recommendations forward, helping today's young people become tomorrow's safe drivers."

The dangers faced by young drivers are not unique to the UK and a number of governments and jurisdictions worldwide have introduced bold measures aimed at countering the problem. The most significant and successful reform has been the introduction of post-test restrictions which has been implemented in all US states, New Zealand and regions of Canada and Australia. Significant improvements in road safety for young drivers have been achieved as a result.

To join the campaign and show your support, follow:

www.twitter.com/safeyoungdriver

Or like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/safeyoungdriver

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Last updated 01/07/2016