Philip Gomm from the RAC Foundation says young people are prepared to take risks that older drivers perhaps wouldn't. It comes as statistics show around 14% of road deaths are caused by drivers aged 17-19.
Around 14% of all deaths and injuries on the roads in Durham, Cleveland and North Yorkshire involve a driver aged 17-19, according to a study for the RAC.
The figure for Northumbria is closer to the national average at just under 12%. This is despite the fact that only 1.5% of drivers are aged 17-19.
- NATIONAL 11.9%
- NORTHUMBRIA 11.8%
- CLEVELAND 13.8%
- DURHAM 14.1%
- NORTH YORKSHIRE 14%
Around 13% of all deaths and injuries on our region's roads, involve a driver aged 17 to 19, according to a study for the RAC. North Yorkshire has the highest rate at 14%, while West Yorkshire has the lowest at just over 10%.
Cleveland Police are appealing for information after a pet rabbit was stolen during a burglary and was later found hanging from a tree.
The burglary took place at Manor Residents Association building on Kilmarnock Road in Hartlepool on Monday night or Tuesday morning.
A shed was broken into and a rabbit, which the children who use the centre played with, was stolen.
The rabbit was later found hanging from a tree on the Owton Manor Estate, having suffered numerous injuries.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Anthony Wallace on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Cleveland Police has launched a review of all firearms licence holders in their force area.
The review, which is expected to take a number of months, is part of the Force's aim to ensure everyone with firearms licences have been issued with them in the correct way.
There are currently a total of just under 4,000 licences held in Cleveland.
"Our aim in to reassure the people of Cleveland that we take our responsibilities in terms of protecting the public from danger extremely seriously.
" We are conducting the review to ensure that each and every individual that currently holds a firearms licence is suitable to do so. In light of recent incidents around the country we also need to ensure that our processes are robust and fit for purpose."
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Police are searching for a man who failed to return to Kirklevington Prison in Stockton.
He had been out on day release, and failed to return on the evening of Saturday 1st March.
Officers have been carrying out investigations not only in Cleveland but other areas where he has connections.
He is described as 6'2" tall with blue eyes, and an upper front gold tooth.Land was serving time for a burglary offence in the South Yorkshire area, where he originates.
Police investigating a fatal crash on the A174 Brotton Bypass have arrested a19-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The incident happened at 5pm on Friday 7 February.
Three cars were involved in the collision: a black Vauxhall Corsa, a grey Audi estate and a white Volkswagen Scirocco.
One of the passengers in the Corsa, a 19-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger in the same car, an 18-year-old woman, was taken to hospital, where she is in a stable condition.
Witnesses can contact Cleveland Police by calling 101.
Cleveland Fire Brigade has issued Chinese Lantern safety advice ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations. Since 2009 there have been 11 Chinese lantern incidents throughout Cleveland.
“With Chinese New Year almost upon us I appeal to local people to think about the potential consequences of igniting a sky lantern.
“The huge fire at Smethwick in the West Midlands last year is a reminder to us all of the devastation they can cause. As a Brigade we will continue to lobby the Government to introduce legislation to ban sky lanterns.
“Once they are lit and travel into the sky, no-one has any control over where and when they will land. They pose a serious risk to property, wildlife, the environment and people’s lives and the sooner they are banned, the better.”
SAFETY TIPS FROM CLEVELAND FIRE BRIGADE
-Lanterns must be used by responsible adults only
-Water should always be on hand in case the lanterns catch fire
-The launch area needs to be kept clear of combustible materialsDamaged lanterns must not be used
-Ensure sufficient clearance to avoid obstacles such as trees, powerlines or buildings
-Do not launch near roads, especially major roads or motorways
-Do not launch within five miles of an airport
-Do not launch in wind speeds in excess of five miles per hour (mph)Do not smoke whilst handling lanterns
Redcar and Cleveland Council's leader, Cllr George Dunning, has written to the local government Minister, Eric Pickles, making a special plea for help.
"I hope the Government will heed this call. A lot of people suffered from these floods.
"We will be responding to their requests to clean and make safe affected communities, but the council cannot do all this on its own.
"That is why we are approaching the government for Bellwin funding.”