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Half of drivers unaware that men much more likely to cause death on the road.

Half of drivers are not aware that male motorists cause the majority of accidents on the road. Around 94% of dangerous driving convictions are against men and in 2005, three times as many men died on the roads as women.

But in a survey published today by road safety charity Brake and breakdown service Green Flag, 42% of those polled thought men and women were equally dangerous on the road. Around 8% also said women were the most dangerous drivers.

The charity is urging male drivers to make a conscious effort to take fewer risks on the road and is calling for compulsory road safety education in schools, and year-round high-profile advertising aimed at male drivers, to encourage safer driving habits.

Jools Townsend, head of education at Brake, said, 'While there are good and bad drivers of both genders, it is a fact that male drivers are much more likely to cause death on the road and are more likely to be killed themselves.'

The results come as motoring organisation RAC reveals mobile phone shops are not giving their customers enough information about the dangers of driving while talking on a mobile, with some even advising customers just to throw down the phone if they catch sight of the police.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 23, 2007
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