CALLS for tougher road safety measures have been backed by the charity Brake, after a survey of young people in the region.
It found that 55 per cent of youngsters have been endangered by ‘risk-taking peers who were speeding or drink or drug driving’.
Of the 500 young people questioned, 88 per cent favoured a ‘zero-tolerance alcohol limit and tougher penalties’.
Figures show that every five days a young person is killed in the region, and every seven hours, a young person suffers a serious injury on the roads,
Julie Townsend, campaigns director at Brake, says: “We need the government to help young, inexperienced drivers to be safer, by implementing graduated driver licensing.
“We’re appealing for a commitment to this evidenced, life-saving policy during road safety week which takes place from November 21-27”