Restrictions call for young drivers

A survey has found that two out of five young motorists think it is fine to break the 30mph limit by 10mph or more.

Out of the 500 people questioned, 24% of the drivers, aged 16 to 21, said they think there is nothing wrong in driving a vehicle after consuming up to one-and-a-half pints of beer, or equivalent alcohol.

The survey results were issued as a campaign to overhaul the learning-to-drive system was launched by road safety charity Brake and the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

The launch of the campaign marked the start of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety.

The survey also revealed that 9% of males aged 16 to 21 thought it was all right to drink more than the equivalent of one-and-a-half pints of beer before taking to the wheel.

Also, 58% of the young people polled said young drivers drove more dangerously while they had young passengers along with them in the vehicle.

The organisations launching the campaign hope to see a restriction put on the time of day that young drivers can take to the road, so as to prevent late-night speeding crashes and avoid paying unnecessary car insurance premiums.

They also called for young motorists to be given a lower legal alcohol limit and be restricted from carrying young passengers.

Nick Starling, the ABI's director of general insurance and health, said: "The current learning-to-drive regime is failing young people, as there is much more to driving than simply passing the driving test.

"Too many youngsters get behind the wheel ill-equipped for unsupervised driving."

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