Government statistics recently reported have shown that more than 1000 young people under 25 years of age are killed on our roads every year. In fact more than a quarter of male teenagers were involved in a collision in their first year of driving when on the whole general accidents rates are falling.
Almost one in two drivers killed at night is under 25 and young male drivers are the biggest cause of death of young women in Britain. Currently, some teenagers of 17 pass their test with less than six months actual road experience, and if this takes place in the spring and summer months they may not be properly prepared for winter or even night driving.
In an effort to curb this problem the government is reviewing the age at which youngsters can pass driving test. With the new proposal it would require a minimum of a 12 month training period, and it is hoped that this would reduce the deaths and serious injuries by around 1000 and casualties by 7000 per year.
"We want to send a message to our young people that passing your test and driving is not just a bit of fun. It carries responsibilities," commented a government minister.
In addition, the proposal will also call for a zero alcohol limit for new drivers, meaning that they will be asked to retake their test if they are found with any inebriating substance in their system.