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Call for harsher restrictions on young drivers

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04/02/2013
Half of UK motorists would welcome a zero drink driving alcohol limit for young drivers to help reduce accidents on Britain's roads.

According to Gocompare.com, Brits also welcome engine size restrictions and mandatory telematics car insurance to try to cut young driver road accidents.

The report highlights young male drivers aged between 17 and 20 are 10 times more likely to killed and seriously injured on the roads than more experienced drivers, making their claims three times higher.

Scott Kelly, head of motor services at Gocompare.com, said: “The results of this study suggest that UK drivers feel it’s time to consider radical new measures to try to curb the number of accidents caused by young drivers, and that perhaps as a group they should be more restricted in how, when or what they can drive.

“Unsurprisingly all of the suggested measures to restrict young drivers’ freedoms were least popular with the 18 to 24 year old survey respondents, but our research revealed that this age group are also more likely to be ambivalent to speed limits than older, more experienced drivers. With this in mind, perhaps some tighter control of young motorists would encourage responsible driving from the outset and could help to make the UK’s roads safer for everyone.”

Most popular measures for trying to reduce young driver road accidents:
50% of British drivers would like the Government to consider a zero drink and drive alcohol limit for young drivers
• 49% would like car engine size restrictions until drivers reach a certain level of experience
• 40% would like mandatory telematics behaviour-based car insurance policies for young drivers
• 34% would consider giving the police powers to issue instant short-term bans to young drivers they feel are driving recklessly
• 28% would consider banning young drivers from carrying passengers in their cars until reaching a certain level of driving experience
• 28% would consider introducing curfews to prevent young drivers from driving at certain high risk times such as late at night

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