Campaign to stop teens driving at night

A campaign has been launched calling for young drivers to be banned from driving at night. Its after a report by Public Health Wales into the deaths of people aged 13 - 17 in motor vehicles between 2006-2010.

Teen driving at night: Your views

You've been sharing your views on proposals to ban teenage drivers from driving at night.

My 18 year old daughter is awaiting her A level results and will start her university degree in September but has a part time job in a local fast food restaurant and sometimes doesn't finish a shift until midnight, if she was unable to drive herself there and back she would be unable to keep her job.

– Steph Owen on Facebook

Why is it only young drivers that are catching it? A lot of older drivers are just as bad, if not worse.

– Joanne Evans on Facebook

The idea should be looked at. It's a fact that younger drivers often have major accidents-indeed life altering ones-late at night.

– Mark O'Neill on Facebook

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Report recommends banning teens driving at night

A report by Public Health Wales suggests banning young drivers from driving at night.

The report looked at factors which could have prevented the 34 teenage deaths that occurred between 2006-2010 in cars.

Of the vehicles in which there were fatalities, the driver was over the legal blood alcohol limit in five of the 22 cases.

Driving at night was also identified as a key factor in these deaths, with 19 out of 28 crashes occurring between 9pm and 5am.

The number of deaths occurring in teenagers in cars is of great concern to us, especially when our review showed that the factors leading to those deaths could have been avoided.

In other countries it has been proven that road crashes involving teenagers can be reduced by imposing licensing conditions on young drivers such as a total ban on drinking alcohol or carrying teenage passengers.

We have called on the Welsh Government to lobby the UK Government to consider similar licensing restrictions in Wales and hope that if this proves feasible, we may in future see fewer young people dying in car crashes.

– Dr Sarah Jones, Public Health Wales

Report calls for a ban on young drivers driving at night

A campaign has been launched calling for young drivers to be banned from driving at night.

Public Health Wales says newly qualified young motorists should be banned from night driving and from carrying a certain number of passengers.

It comes as the body published a report looking at the deaths of people aged 13 - 17 in motor vehicles between 2006-2010. It's now calling on the Welsh Government to lobby the UK Government to introduce changes to licensing for young drivers.

The report calls for the introduction of a graduated driving licence which could put limitations on or ban newly qualified young drivers from driving at night and drinking alcohol. It could also limit how many passengers can be taken in the car.