Should we increase the age of learner drivers?
A recent study carried out by Cardiff University claims that a complete ban on night time driving for newly qualified young drivers would save lives and dramatically reduce injuries sustained on our roads each year.
The University researchers believe setting up a graduated driving license scheme as already in place Australia, New Zealand and parts of the US would not only save the economy £890miliion a year it would go along way to reduce the 2222 road fatalities recorded last year.
So how do we enforce this?
Well im a great believer in education and i truly believe we should teach children from an early age some proper road sense.
Now when i was at school many years ago, and anyone around my age will remember the green cross code man who visited all our schools and the adverts we used to see on the TV.All this was designed from an early age as a pedestrian to gain some road sense.
Then when we got a little older we ventured out on a bike and went to school to get a cycle proficiency test to teach us again how to ride our bikes on a public highway in a safe and correct manor.
Now that was a long time ago and now there are so many more cars on the road and its not desirable for our children to be cycling along a busy A road with articulated truck up their backside.
So instead we tell our kids to ride on the pavement which is illegal or if were lucky enough to have them use the cycle paths but with very little road knowledge under their belts.Half the kids you see are riding bikes with their IPods plugged in their ears what sort of road sense is that.
So by the time their 16 they want a moped or if your lucky you can persuade them to wait till they are 17 and they can get their provisional driving license and start taking lessons.
Now if your 17 you want to pass your test as soon as possible because you want to drive your mates around, pick up your girlfriend and best of all you don't have to rely on Mum and dad driving around for you.
So you have had maybe a weeks worth of driving experience and you have learnt the highway code parrot fashion and hey now you can get in your car loaded up with your friends music blaring and show them just how quick your car can go.
This is where the problems begin.But how do we enforce the proposed graduated license rules and would they really reduce fatalities?
Look if we can save lives or injuries on our roads then that's great but you cant stop and hold back these kids.However we can take some sensible measures to try and help.
Now if you have a 17 year old who has a job at night do we stop that 17 year old driving to and from work .Well Yes we do if it saves lives.Look as parents we can still drive our kids around to and from work at night or from a late night movie.In turn the insurance companies could then stop the ridiculous premiums they put on younger drivers and have a cut off point of say 9pm at night for the first two years of driving.After this and if no points have been incurred on the licence then they can drive at night time unhindered.
Also why on earth dont we reduce the engine size of car a young driver can drive. Afterall whats the point in a 17 year old getting into a 2 litre ford that they picked up for under a £1000 and driving off at in excess of 100 miles an hour.
Reduce the engine size to 1 litre and have factory fitted limiters fitted.
This of course is still open to abuse but with some government guidelines some new laws and co operation from the car manufacturers we could possibly go a little way to reducing deaths on our roads.
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