Graduated driver licensing could save lives, new study says
A graduated driver licensing scheme could reduce casualties among young newly-qualified drivers and their passengers, according to Cardiff University researchers (BBC News).
The scheme, which could include measures such as newly qualified drivers being banned from night time driving and carrying passengers of a similar age, could save more than 200 lives and result in 1,700 fewer serious injuries each year. The Cardiff University study was compiled after analysing road accident data from 2000 to 2007.
Cutting the UK's accident rate would also save the economy £890m, the Cardiff team estimates.
Similar schemes already exist in New Zealand, Australia and parts of the US. But motoring organisations in the UK say the scheme, which could last up to two years, would be difficult to enforce.
Dr Sarah Jones, who led the research, said: "Graduated driver licensing works in other countries and there's no good reason why it wouldn't work here."
But, Andrew Howard, head of the AA, suggested while there would be benefits to graduated driver licensing, they could be outweighed by the disadvantages.
He said: "It would give totally the wrong signals to introduce new laws aimed at young people and then not enforce them - many would feel that all motoring laws could be broken."
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