Young drivers urged to take greater care

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Police are appealing to younger drivers to slow down and take more care as they are more than three times likely to be killed in road accidents.

Figures show In 2011, across South Yorkshire, 4,859 people were injured in collisions, with 30 deaths. One of the most over represented groups involved in collisions is the 17-25 age group which makes up only 10% of the population, yet are involved in almost 33% of all fatal collisions.

Mexborough was the scene of a triple-death teen crash when Jonathan Scott, Robert Tepper and Lauren Birkett all died when the Corsa they were travelling in crashed into a VW Golf on Adwick Road over Christmas in 2010.

Pc Mick Hedges from South Yorkshire Police said, “Starting to drive at a young age is something we all look forward to. It’s great getting out and about with our friends, enjoying the freedom and independence that driving brings. But with that new lease of life comes responsibility. What can seem fun and a great laugh one minute can turn into the worst day of your life in a split second.”

South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership have an ongoing programme of delivering the free Drive for Life Programme and urged schools and colleges to take part. For details about the Drive for Life programme visit the website www.drive-for-life.org.