Brits back new young driver restrictions to cut death and injury on the roads

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In a bid to reduce deaths and injury on roads, 68 percent of Brits would support measures that would either force restrictions on newly qualified drivers or impose some sort of ‘graduated licensing’ for drivers under the age of 24 in the first year of their passing, an RAC Foundation survey has found.

The survey, which involves a sampling of 2,010 British adults aged 16 and above, also found that 41 percent young drivers are also supportive of such a graduated licensing scheme.

The graduated licensing scheme aims to impose restriction on newly qualified drivers for a period of 12 months, typically, in a bid to reduce their exposure to risks including accidents or injury to themselves and others.

The survey also found that 45 percent strongly agreed to actions that would ensure young drivers are less likely to be involved in road accidents with another 39 percent agreeing to the same.

Some of the other findings of the survey are:

  • Solid backing to the notion of greater attention from politicians on the issue of road safety: 71% were in agreement with this proposition and 30% strongly so;
  • 33 percent agreeing to impose restrictions on passenger numbers while 31 percent agreeing to restrictions on driving after midnight;
  • 34 percent parents strongly support introduction of GDL;
  • 64 percent of all parents clear that they would personally ensure compliance on the part of their newly qualified children;
  • 38 percent British adults believe that involvement of young drivers in road accidents is a very big problem.

You can download the Young Driver Safety study report here [PDF].