Young drivers at risk on roads

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Rural driving tests and restricted licences for young drivers are among measures being suggested to reduce casualty figures on south Lincolnshire roads.

A new survey has revealed the county to be the third riskiest in Britain for young drivers aged 17 to 26 who are involved in an accident resulting in death or serious injury.

The survey by Road Safety Analysis (RSA) is in support of a new campaign by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and NFU Mutual called Drive It Home, supported by TV presenter Matt Baker and London 2012 gold medal showjumper Nick Skelton.

On average, almost 400 collisions a year take place on rural roads in Lincolnshire involving young drivers which is 34 per cent more than the national average.

One in 78 young drivers are involved in a collision on a rural road ending in an injury, with only north Lincolnshire and South Glamorgan having worse figures.

John Siddle of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said: “The RSA report is not new news but the problem is with all drivers, not just young drivers in Lincolnshire.

“We have one of the largest rural road networks in the country, most of it with a national speed limit, and most people in Lincolnshire use a vehicle to go out and travel.”