An event aimed at bringing road safety professionals together to help create safer new drivers has found in favour of pre-17 driving tuition at its key note debate.
Taking place at the Young Driver Focus 2018, held on 25th April at the Royal Automobile Club in London, the ‘Big Debate’ saw motoring journalist, author, TV presenter and campaigner Quentin Willson and Professor Frank McKenna, an expert in psychology who has worked with road safety organisations and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), going head to head.
Each delivered presentations on their side of the argument for and against pre-17 driver training, before being questioned by the audience which was made up of road safety professionals from a variety of sectors including police, councils, fire and rescue services, charities, academic institutions local education authorities and a vote at the end showed 65 per cent of the road safety professionals in the room were in favour of pre-17 driving tuition.
Image: TV's Quentin Willson speaking on behalf of Young Driver
Now in its fifth year, Young Driver Focus 2018 was organised by Road Safety GB working in partnership with FirstCar, to look at the important topic of road safety for newly qualified drivers. It is aimed at both public sector road safety professionals and private sector organisations.
Young drivers are at much higher risk of having an accident when they pass their test – one in five will crash within six months and almost 450 people are killed every year on our roads in accidents involving young drivers.
Image: One of Young Driver's Firefly cars on display at the Royal Automobile Club in London