RoSPA welcomes new NI young driver laws

Written by Ellie

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has welcomed the introduction of new laws in Northern Ireland that will aim to make the country's roads safer in the years ahead.

Focusing on new and young drivers, the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill brings with it a range of measures aimed at improving safety for all, with the new legislation to come into effect from 2018.

It will see the introduction of tougher drink-drive limits, a minimum six-month learning period and night-time restrictions on young drivers carrying passengers. It will also allow learner drivers to take to the nation's motorways for the first time.

The new measures have been introduced as part of efforts to reduce the likelihood of new drivers becoming involved in serious accidents, as figures from RoSPA show that drivers aged between 17 and 25 are responsible for approximately one in five road deaths in Great Britain, despite only accounting for eight per cent per cent of licence holders.

Head of road safety for RoSPA Kevin Clinton said: "Young drivers are more likely to be involved in road accidents than experienced drivers, and yet they drive fewer miles.

"We commend the government in Northern Ireland for taking this important step in trying to save lives on the road, and we would like to see similar measures introduced across the UK."

Mr Clinton concluded: "There is scope to reduce, significantly, the number of casualties caused by new and inexperienced drivers."

Posted on 20th January 2016

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