Too young to die

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Young drivers are involved in a huge proportion of road casualties, due to a combination of inexperience and a tendency of many to take risks. 

One in eight licence holders is under 25, yet one in four fatal and serious injury crashes involves a driver this age. Often the victims are young people themselves: road crashes are the biggest killer of 17-25 year-olds. Read more about young driver crashes.

What needs to be done?

We need a better driver training and testing system and compulsory road safety education to help young people to be safer as drivers and passengers.

We’re calling for ‘graduated driver licensing’ so new drivers develop skills and experience gradually while less exposed to danger. It includes a 12-month learner period, an initial test, then a two-year novice period, when you can drive independently but with restrictions, like a late-night driving curfew and zero tolerance drink-drive limit. It’s used in other countries and it’s predicted it would prevent 200 deaths and 14,000 injuries a year in the UK. We also want better access to affordable cheap public transport for young people so fewer need to start driving in their teens. Read Brake's Too young to die policy briefing (May 2011).

As well as calling for government action, Brake works with schools, colleges and emergency services to educate young people on keeping safe on roads.

What you can do:

Click like below to spread the word on Facebook
Drivers and non-drivers, young and old, can make Brake’s pledge to stay safe
Write to your MP calling for action on young driver crashes
Run a community campaign involving young people. Get started by visiting our dedicated microsite, containing resources, campaign ideas and info on getting campaign training and even winning an award.
Sign up to our fortnightly e-bulletin, for updates on this campaign and how you can help

Campaign news

Students from Conisborough College win national road safety competition, 16.07.14
Charity challenges young people to get creative to help prevent road deaths and injuries, 01.11.13
Government-commissioned report calls for overhaul to driving test to tackle young driver crashes, 10.10.13
Cheshire Fire Service Cadets win national road safety award, 18.07.13
Drivers young and old back plans for minimum learner period to tackle crashes, 22.05.13
Norwich students win national road safety award 17.01.13
Bereaved dad recognised for dedication to saving young lives on roads
Brake's deputy CEO delivers speech on young drivers to party conferences
Brake response: graduated driver licensing announcement in Northern Ireland
, 29.05.12
Government must act now to tackle horrifying levels of drug driving among young people, 04.01.12
Appeal to young people: zero tolerance on drink driving over festive period, 15.12.11
Motorway lessons for learner drivers – Brake reaction, 08.12.11
Bereaved young people call for action on life-shattering young driver crashes in Road Safety Week
, 22.11.11
Parents want restrictions on young drivers' licences to curb deadly risk taking, 05.10.11
Northern Ireland announces drink drive limit reduction for young drivers, 26.09.11
MSP leads debate on Graduated Driver Licensing to save young lives, 07.09.11
Brake responds to consultation on Proposed Changes to the Learner and Restricted Driver Schemes and on Graduated Driver Licensing, 19 July 2011
Brake reveals statistics on young driver risk at its international congress
1.07.11 promotes Brake's campaign on young driver crashes
Brake's campaigns director delivers speech on young drivers in Parliament, 11.05.11
Campaign on young driver crashes launched at start of UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 11.05.11
Brake calls for action on young driver crashes following government casualty statistics bulletin, 3.02.11
Parliamentarian wins Brake award for his campaign on graduated driver licensing 6.01.11
Driving Standards Agency report on Learning to Drive consultation 2009
Brake response to the Driving Standards Agency's consultation on Learning to Drive, 08.10.08 (word)
Government response to Parliament's Transport Select Committee's report on novice drivers 17.10.07
Transport Select Committee report on its inquiry into novice drivers 1.7.07
Westminster Hall debate on the Transport Select Committee's report on novice drivers 7.02.07
Brake's response to the Transport Select Committee inquiry into novice drivers 1.12.06
Brake calls for action on young driver safety in National Road Safety Week 6.11.06
Report by the Association of British Insurers on 'Four Ways' to Save Young Drivers' Lives 1.9.06

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