RIP479: Top traffic cop says young drivers need more education
THE lead officer for policing Gloucestershire’s roads has said more education must be introduced to save the lives of young drivers.
Roads policing Inspector Jason Keates’s is supporting the Echo’s RIP 479 campaign to raise awareness about the number of people killed on our roads – a quarter of whom are between 17 and 24. That’s 121 young lives cut short.
It also coincides with Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl’s commitment to give every young person in Gloucestershire a good understanding of safe driving.
Insp Keates said: “Young people tend to be disproportionately involved in crashes and that’s probably down to them not using their driving skills. It can be improved with better education.
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“The Government is looking at the idea of graduated driving licences.
“Learners could learn to drive earlier, but only be allowed to drive unaccompanied after 12-18 months, to give them time to learn the skills they need.
“It is possible to pass your driving test after two to three months. Twelve months’ experience of being supervised could help develop those skills you need for the road.
“You could restrict the number of passengers allowed in a young person’s vehicle until they reach 21.
“When you pass your test you think ‘this is it, you’ve cracked it’.
“But the roads are busier and people have a lot more to distract them – such as sat navs and mobile phones.
“Whatever choices people make, there are consequences.”