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Young drivers ignorant of road risks

27 June 2007

Nearly 40% of young drivers have no idea how much they are at risk when they set out on the roads.

That's what a survey from road safety organisation Brake has found. The survey interviewed over 6000 young drivers who were participants in its Road Safety Academy.

Statistics show that one in four drivers who die are under 25, but young drivers seem unaware of this - 32% thought that only one in 40 driver deaths was a young person, and 5% thought it was as low as one in 400.

As if to emphasise how much young drivers are in danger, the survey also showed that 22% of 15-25-year-olds have been in a crash as a passenger with a young driver. In 8% of cases, this has happened more than once.

18% of the drivers questioned said they had crashed while at the wheel, so it may come as no surprise to learn that road crashes are the biggest killer of 15-24-year-olds. Just over 8000 young people were killed or seriously injured on UK roads in 2005.

• Brake's academy is a attempting to narrow the gap in young people's knowledge of road risk. Its community education programme uses presentations by bereaved volunteers to inform young people of the risks they face.

If you want the programme to come to your or your child's school or college, call 01484 559939 or e-mail arose@brake.org.uk.

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