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MICHAEL MCDONNELL, Director of Road Safety Scotland, explains why young people are at risk on our roads and what can be done.

YOUNG inexperienced drivers need to know they are entering one of the most dangerous stages of their lives.

They may have passed but they are now in a situation where many of their peers will be involved in fatal or serious crashes in the next six months.

It is crucial for six months after passing to take it easy, wise up and slow down.

Young people also need to wear seatbelts because that can mean the difference between life and death.

Drivers aged between 17 and 19 account for two per cent of licence holders on the road, yet in 2006 they represented 14 per cent of fatalities.

I don't find those figures surprising because these accidents tend to happen when driving socially.

They don't happen when they are commuting, they happen when are out with pals and are a consequence of being in a car with mates, music on and conversation all around.

You can just imagine that kind of atmosphere and all it takes is one small distraction or lapse in concentration for something to go wrong.

Speed is also an issue.

Some years ago we did research amongst young people aged between 14 and 17.

While the majority said they'd never imagine drink driving or taking drugs while driving, they wanted to drive to see how fast it goes.

Young people are not as good as experienced drivers at filtering what they see.

Gaining experience and following the Highway Code are the most crucial factors in staying safe when behind the wheel of a car.

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Date:Jul 31, 2008
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