RAC: Young driv­ers ‘feel less safe’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

OF­FENCES such as drug-driv­ing and us­ing mo­biles while at the wheel are on the in­crease among younger mo­torists, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by the RAC. As many as 44 per cent of driv­ers said they felt less safe on the roads this year then ever be­fore. Cit­ing a ma­jor dip in the money the Gov­ern­ment is spend­ing on road safety cam­paigns, the RAC called for a rein­tro­duc­tion of these cam­paigns “as soon as pos­si­ble”. Based on re­sponses from 1,002 mo­torists, the sur­vey showed the num­ber of 17 to 24-year-olds who drive af­ter tak­ing drugs has gone up from 5 to 9 per cent in the past 12 months. As many as 13 per cent of 17 to 24-yearolds had driven, or been a pas­sen­ger, in a car when the driver was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs in the past year.

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