Concern over young drivers at work

An accident prevention body is looking into the safety of young employees behind the wheel after figures showed about 200 road deaths and serious injuries in the UK involve someone at work.

A study by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is seeking the help of employers who manage drivers between the ages of 17 and 24 years old. The society hopes the research will help keep young and inexperienced motorists keep safe while driving as part of their jobs.

A spokesman for the organisation said: "Young drivers and work-related driving are two of today's biggest road safety challenges.

"Figures show that young motorists are more at risk of being killed or injured on the roads than more experienced drivers. It is also estimated that one in three crashes involves a vehicle being driven for work. This means that every week about 200 deaths and serious injuries on Britain's roads involve someone at work."

RoSPA Road Safety Manager for England, Duncan Vernon, said factors including lack of experience, weakness in identifying potential hazards and attitudes such as over-confidence combine to put young drivers at particular risk

"The Young Drivers at Work project will help us to find effective ways to prevent accidents involving young motorists," he added.

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