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Wales This Week: Dying to Drive

Newly qualified young drivers should be banned from night-time motoring and carrying passengers of a similar age, Cardiff University researchers and leading road safety experts say.

Research presented to a conference in London in September said that a so-called “graduated driver licensing” system for those aged 17-25 could save more than 200 lives and result in 1,700 fewer serious injuries each year.

Student Michael Young has been driving for three years, and rates himself as a 7 out of 10 driver - he agreed to let South Wales Police's Sgt. Morgan put his driving ability to the test using the force's driving simulator

Under such a scheme, new drivers would be restricted once they’d passed their test.  This could include no driving at night, between the hours of 23:00 and 05:00, no carrying of passengers of a similar age and no alcohol.

The move is welcomed by families of the victims of serious road traffic accidents in Wales caused by inexperienced drivers.

But motoring organisations say the limits – which could last up to two years – would be difficult to enforce.

Wales This Week looks at different ways of reducing accidents involving newly qualified drivers and whether a graduated driving license in Wales could be enforced.

See how alcohol influenced Michael’s ability to drive in the simulator

Ireland already operates the “R” plate system – restricting motoring for newly qualified drivers – could such a system work in Wales? Is there enough appetite for change?

Proposals to introduce graduated driver licensing in the UK were considered by the last government but rejected, There are also a number of voluntary courses, like Pass Plus Cymru, to help new drivers. But many believe the tragic death toll among teenagers on our roads can only be reduced by legislation, not education.

Wales This Week: Dying to Drive – 21 October ITV 1 Wales at 19:30

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2 thoughts on “Wales This Week: Dying to Drive

  1. The programme is one of the best and most powerful road safety TV programmes I have ever watched. I am the Manager of the Traffic Management and Road Safety Team at Bridgend County Borough Council – the Council responsible for the road where the double fatal accident at Blackmill, featured at the start of your programme, occurred.

    Would it be possible to discuss with the programme makers the possibility of making an edited version of the programme that could be shown to drivers in that target age group, in schools, at Pass Plus Cymru classes etc?

    It makes the point about the dangers that young drivers face more powerfully than anything I have ever seen and I am anxious that it is put to full use in tacking road safety education in Wales as far as it can possibly go. I do, however, personally agree with the academics in the programme that the only really effective way of addressing this dreadful issue is via legislation and graduated licences. I look forward to hearing from anyone who can help. Mike

    Posted by Mike Toozer | October 22, 2010, 11:34 am
  2. The programme is one of the best and most powerful road safety TV programmes I have ever watched. I am the Manager of the Traffic Management and Road Safety Team at Bridgend County Borough Council – the Council responsible for the road where the double fatal accident at Blackmill, featured at the start of your programme, occurred.

    Would it be possible to discuss with the programme makers the possibility of making an edited version of the programme that could be shown to drivers in that target age group, in schools, at Pass Plus Cymru classes etc?

    It makes the point about the dangers that young drivers face more powerfully than anything I have ever seen and I am anxious that it is put to full use in tacking road safety education in Wales as far as it can possibly go. I do, however, personally agree with the academics in the programme that the only really effective way of addressing this dreadful issue is via legislation and graduated licences. I look forward to hearing from anyone who can help. Mike PS I’ve reposted this to receive email comments automatically.

    Posted by Mike Toozer | October 22, 2010, 11:35 am

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