Call for Late-Night Curfew For Young Drivers

A motoring group is calling for a late-night curfew on teenage drivers to cut the number of car-crash deaths in which they are involved.  A survey by the RAC found teen motorists accounted for nearly one in eight serious crashes, with 11.9% of crashes – where someone was killed or injured – involving a driver aged between 17 and Teenagers in London account for just over 5% of serious collisions.  The survey covered five years between 2008 and 2012 and suggested newly qualified young drivers should have a limit on the number of passengers they carry for the first few months after taking their test.

The suggestions come within a proposal for a graduated driving licensing (GDL) system which is aimed at cutting deaths of young people on the road.  GDL is operating in other countries and, based on figures taken from them, transport research laboratory TRL, which carried out the study, said that some 4,500 fewer people would have been victims in an average year – about 430 within that figure would have been killed or seriously injured.

Currently, the RAC says, one in five young drivers will have an accident within six months of passing their test.

Speaking of the report, the RAC’s Stephen Glaister said “Whichever way you cut it young drivers pose a significant and  disproportionate risk to themselves and to others and it is in rural areas where the casualty rate is highest.  That is despite the fact that this group only accounts for 1.5% of licensed drivers.  Dyfed Powys in South Wales is worst affected, with 18% of accidents there involving a teenage driver.  That is followed by Gwent, Cumbria, the Northern and Grampian regions and Cornwall.