The head of a motoring charity has called for the Government to act after a poll found that the majority of Britons support introducing curbs on newly-qualified young drivers.
Professor Stephen Glaister, the director of the RAC Foundation, said: "the issue of young driver safety is one of those matters that must be addressed."
He added: "If there were any other area of public health policy where this level of harm was taking place there would be an outcry, yet as a nation we seem to accept what is happening to many of our young people when they get behind the wheel."
Young drivers are seen as more of a hazard on the roads than the elderly, a new safety survey has found.
The RAC Foundation poll found:
83% regard young drivers being involved in road accidents as a problem
52% regard older drivers in accidents as a problem
71% agreed that politicians should give more attention to road safety
64% of parents say they would ensure their children complied with a graduated licensing system
The poll results showed that a large majority of Britons were in favour of placing curbs on newly-qualified young drivers, such as banning them from the roads late at night or limiting the number of passengers they can carry.
A big majority of people support placing driving restrictions on people aged 24 or under who have passed their test within the last year, according to a new poll.
Some 61 per cent supported a ban on them driving between midnight and 5am, while 66 per cent said they should be subject to limits over how many passengers they could carry, a poll of 2,101 adults carried out for the RAC Foundation found.