Young drivers 'twice as likely' to be killed
Published 03/08/2016 | 02:30
Young drivers are nearly twice as likely to be killed on the road as older people, startling new research reveals.
A comprehensive survey of more than 6,500 young (18-24) Europeans shows how: * 43pc have texted at the wheel; * 36pc took phone calls while driving and 11pc watched mobile videos while in charge of a vehicle.
The survey was conducted by expert pollsters for Ford.
One in eight (13pc) young drivers also admitted they had driven after taking alcohol.
This ties in with research by the Road Safety Authority here which highlights how young drinkers are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal accidents.
The Ford survey also shows 26pc of young drivers have had an accident.
It also discovered that 41pc were more inclined to take greater risks when they had friends in the car with them. In contrast, 57pc drive more safely when old relatives are on board.
Statistics show how young drivers account for 8pc of the European population but are involved in 15pc of all fatal accidents.
From 2004 to 2013, 62,000 young people were killed in road accidents in the EU.