Coulthard calls for better driving

A Government campaign and consultation tour has been launched to gather ideas on how to overhaul driver testing and training to make the nation's roads safer.

The scheme is being backed by Formula 1 racing star David Coulthard, who is encouraging young drivers to share their thoughts on how to produce better, safer drivers.

Despite the number of people killed in road accidents falling by 7% between 2006 and 2007, a total of 30,720 people still died or were seriously injured on Britain's roads.

"One in five deaths on British roads involves newly-qualified drivers," David said. "I was appalled to hear that the statistics are so high. I know how much young people enjoy the freedom that driving brings, but it is also a huge responsibility that must be taken seriously."

He said that the way forward was to change the way that people are taught to drive and to make the test "more real".

"The Government has set out proposals to change this system - and now it's up to you to have your say," he added. "We all use our roads in one way or another so it is important you register your view before the consultation closes."

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