Be Afraid, be Very Afraid

A new survey comes to the conclusion that more than half of young people simply do not trust their peers behind the steering wheel of a car.  Fifty-six percent of them sometimes fear for their safety when they are a passenger in a car driven by a peer.


Fifty-four percent of respondents reported that their lives had been put at risk by speeding drivers.  Twenty-four percent of them say they have been passengers in a car where the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


The study was conducted by QBE Insurance and the road safety charity Brake.  More than 8,000 drivers between the ages of 15 and 25 from all over the UK were interviewed.  The results were published at the start of Road Safety Week.


The speeding question asked during the poll referred to drivers who exceeded the speed limit by more than ten miles per hour.  The survey also found that more than 20% of respondents do not wear a seatbelt when they are passengers in a car driven by a driver under 25 years of age.


Interestingly enough, a full 82% of those interviewed would support some kind of license restriction on drivers under 25, for example tougher penalties, a no tolerance alcohol policy, a ban on driving specific types of vehicles or limitations for young drivers.


Mike Penning, the Road Safety Minister, is, however, convinced about the responsibility of most young drivers.

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