Car insurance: Young drivers could face road restrictions

Monday, 11 September 2006

Road experts in Cumbria are calling for restrictions on young drivers in order to prevent accidents caused by inexperience.

The Cumbrian Road Safety Partnership (CRSP) has suggested that night-time driving curfews for younger drivers could help to cut road deaths in the county, reports the News & Star.

It also claims that limiting the number of passengers that young drivers may carry could help cut accidents.

The group of police officers, local authority officials and members of emergency services is trying to find solutions to the county's escalating death toll on its roads, which includes the death of 27 people aged between 16 and 25 since the start of the year.

CRSP deputy chairperson Supt Steve Turnbull told the News & Star that young drivers' "lack of experience, knowledge and skill" might have played a part in these statistics.

He said the group is exploring the possibility of seeking a change in legislation to introduce stronger measures to safeguard roads.

"Investigating police officers will always take the opportunity to arrest drivers on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving where evidence exists," Supt Turnbull said, adding that they will then "pursue a prosecution".

In many cases, young drivers already face higher car insurance premiums, as they are regarded higher risk drivers.

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