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Wednesday 11th May 2011

Brake campaign coincides with launch of Decade of Action

To coincide with the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety, Brake, the road safety charity, is appealing for a Government overhaul of the learning to drive system.

Brake, the Association of British Insurers, and The Co-operative Insurance are launching their campaign outside Parliament today (11 May). They are calling on the Government to introduce Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), with the aim of reducing deaths and injuries caused by young and inexperienced drivers.

The call comes as a survey of young people (aged 16 – 21), carried out on behalf of Brake, reveals dangerous attitudes to speed and drink-driving. 41% of those surveyed think it is ok to break the 30mph limit by 10mph or more, and 24% think it is ok to drink up to one and a half pints of beer (or equivalent) before driving.

Julie Townsend, Brake’s campaigns director, said: “At the start of the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety, we’re calling for a commitment from Government for action to tackle young driver crashes, and the needless casualties that result.

“As global leaders in road safety we should be leading the way during this decade, including a hugely overdue overhaul of our learning to drive system to address the problem of young driver crashes.

“There is compelling evidence that Graduated Driver Licensing would reduce these casualties, and help protect young people from the biggest danger they face.”

For more information contact Ellen Booth on 01484 550067.

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