July 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Newly qualified young motorists should be banned from driving at night, carrying a certain number of passengers and after drinking any amount of alcohol to reduce the number of fatal road crashes, a new report has recommended.
Public Health Wales’ child death review, which looked at deaths of people aged 13–17 in motor vehicles between 2006-2010, has called on the Welsh Government to lobby the UK Government for changes to the licensing of young drivers.
The report calls for the introduction of a graduated driving licence which could put limitations on or ban newly qualified young drivers from driving at night and drinking alcohol. It could also limit how many passengers can be taken in the car.
Similar schemes already exist in places such as New Zealand and parts of the United States.
The report looked at factors which could have prevented the 34 teenage deaths that occurred between 2006-2010 in cars, including loss of control that could have been due to inexperience of driving, failure to wear a seat belt and drink driving.
Of the vehicles in which there were fatalities, the driver was over the legal blood alcohol limit in five of the 22 cases and 13 of the 34 teen deaths were in vehicles with five or six casualties.
Driving at night was also identified as a key factor in these deaths, with 19 out 28 crash reports occurring between 9pm and 5am.
The review has also called on the Welsh Government to consider a public awareness campaign to highlight these risks to young people.
The report said: “One intervention that the Welsh Government may lobby for is graduated driver licensing or constituent elements which address limitations on driving during darkness, lower alcohol tolerance levels, limitations on passenger carriage and requirements for the learning process to include driving in specific settings or for a minimum number of hours. Read more of this post