A warning for young drivers

Road Safety GB's new safety campaign leaflet.
Road Safety GB's new safety campaign leaflet.

Young people are being urged to stop their friends from driving like an idiot on the roads in a bid to reduce collissions involving inexperienced motorists.

Road Safety GB North East has launched a ‘Don’t Drive Stupid’ campaign in a bid to help save the lives of young people.

Figures show that between 2008 and 2012, there were 831 young casualties in road accidents in North Tyneside.

Of those, five young people were killed, 43 seriously injured and 783 slightly injured.

Officials at Road Safety GB North East said a large proportion of the accidents were the result of inexperience and bravado, as well as drug and alcohol impairment, with peer pressure a key tool in encouraging young people to drive more sensibly as the weather deteriorates.

Almost a third of casualties on north east roads are caused by drivers aged between 17 and 24, with the greatest number taking place between November and January.