Campaign to keep young Fife drivers safe on the road

Young driver
Young driver

Almost a quarter of motorists involved in reported injury accidents in Fife between 2008 and 2012 were aged 17 to 25, according to figures revealed this week.

The average number of young car drivers involved in accidents where injuries were reported during the four year period were 173, that’s 24.6 per cent of drivers of all ages involved.

The average number of young drivers involved in fatal accidents during the period was four and 23 were involved in serious accidents.

The figures were revealed as the Good Egg Driver Campaign launched a new UK programme to boost safe driving among 17-24 year olds.

National statistics show that 20 per cent of new young drivers are involved in a collision within six months of passing their test, and an average of 12 young drivers or passengers are killed on the country’s roads every day.

Copies of The Good Egg Guide for New Drivers will be distributed to young motorists across the UK via advanced driving instructors, schools, colleges, road safety professionals and the campaign’s supporters.

The booklet gives practical advice to pass the test and stay safe on the road, and there’s a guide available for parents.

Jan James, Good Egg Safety chief executive said:“Our New Driver and Parents guides offer practical advice and distil all the key information young drivers need to know that will help them get their licence, keep it and, most importantly, stay safer on our roads.”

Sarah-Jane Martin, spokesman for charity Brake, said: “Young drivers are the most at risk on Britain’s roads, and the guide prepares young people well for the road ahead.”