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Instructors lead fight against anti-social driving

Instructors lead fight against anti-social driving

Published at 7:38am 24th August 2015. (Updated at 2:12pm 28th August 2015)

A scheme designed to tackle anti-social driving habits before they develop and reduce the number of 17 to 24-year-olds killed or injured on the roads has been launched in North Yorkshire.

The programme will involve training local driving instructors and officers from the county’s 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership.

People aged 17 to 24 make up around 10% of the population, but recent figures show they account for half of crashes which result in injuries between 10pm and 5am.

Young people also make up more than a third of people arrested by police after failing a roadside breath test following a crash.

In North Yorkshire, an average of 80 young people are killed or seriously injured each year and figures for 2009 to 2013 show that 21% of the people killed or seriously injured in the county were aged 16 to 24.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Road Safety, said: "The rural nature of North Yorkshire means there is a greater need for young people to drive and they tend to drive longer distances on rural roads than young drivers in other parts of the country.

"Regardless of what stage a learner driver is at, whether it's their first lesson or post-test instruction, the Honest Truth will be a useful tool for instructors to help young drivers identify and avoid negative driving traits."

The Honest Truth was set up in South Devon in 2009, following a collision which killed three young people.

It now works with nearly 1,500 instructors across the UK and is built around eight key messages about drink, drugs, speed, mobile phones, seatbelts, distractions, showing off and tiredness.