MP John Pugh has pledged his support for a national campaign highlighting the importance of teaching road safety to schoolchildren.

Brake – a road safety charity – are campaigning to reduce the number of road deaths, and John has highlighted the importance of intervening early.

John said:

“We can’t be remotely complacent about these issues as statistics are starting to edge up after a period of decline.

“Getting in your car is the most dangerous thing an adult does most days and that realization has to be there at the start of your driving career.

“Unfortunately young people particularly boys confuse technical competence with good judgement. Bad driving is not unique to the young but risk taking is more common.

“We have failed them if we don’t get this across”.

Five people are killed on our roads everyday in the UK and 12% of fatal and serious crashes involve a driver in the front seat aged 17 to 19, with 23% of all drivers under 24 having an accident within two years of passing a test.

John said:

“Most primary schools do cycle proficiency, but there is no guarantee that as students get older time is found for road safety and gaining the emotional intelligence to drive safely.”

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