RAC: Young drivers ‘feel less safe’
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.