CAMPAIGNING ON ROAD SAFETY for younger drivers

Andrew is urging the Government to re-examine the issue of road safety for young drivers.

Recent surveys have shown that age and inexperience combine to dramatically increase young drivers’ risk of crashing. Not only are young drivers more likely to take risks than older drivers, they are less able to cope with those risks because of their inexperience.

Figures released by the Association of British Insurers has show that in the Denton and Reddish constituency there were 52 people killed or seriously injured in accidents involving cars driven by young people between 2005 and 2011. A further 471 people were less seriously injured.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“I recognise the devastation that road crashes and the loss of young lives have on families and the whole community. I believe it is time that we review the system of learning to drive, to help protect younger drivers when they are at greatest risk.”

“I’m also appealing to all drivers to have a heart at the wheel – recognise that you have lives in your hands when you get behind the wheel, and make a commitment to sticking to basic road safety rules, such as not speeding or drinking alcohol before driving, and always belting up. If we all stick to these rules we can help to prevent tragedies in our community.”

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