Did you know that 5 people are killed on our roads everyday and 12% of fatal and serious crashes in the 17 to 19 age group involve a river? Nearly 1 in 4 drivers drivers under 24 have an accident within 2 years of passing a test. There have been several tragic local incidents highlighted in the local press.
John Pugh, who is backing the road safety campaign run by the national charity, Brake, to address these issues, said:
“We can’t be remotely complacent about these issues as the statistics are starting to edge up after a period of decline. Getting in your car is the most dangerous thing an adult does most days and that realisation has to be there at the start of your driving career.
"Unfortunately young people particularly boys confuse technical competence with good judgment. Bad driving isn’t unique to the young but risk taking is more common. We have failed them if we don’t get this across.
"Most primary schools do cycle proficiency but there is no guarantee that as students get older time is found for road safety and gaining the emotional intelligence to drive safely."
The MP praised Merseyside Police for their policy of given many less serious motoring offenders an opportunity of going on driver awareness courses. “ No-one is too old to learn and reflecting on one’s driving is not only a lifelong activity , it's potentially a life saving activity."