Tuesday 23 May 2017

You can't blame all young drivers, Gay

Gay Byrne, chairman of the Road Safety Authority (RSA), says that in order to continue to reduce the number of young people being killed on our roads, "we need to implement the much-needed reform of the way we teach our young people to drive" (Irish Independent, June 23).

However, another important step in achieving this would be to bring an end to the stereotyping of all young drivers as being irresponsible on our roads, to which Mr Byrne has himself contributed.

Mr Byrne was quoted at an RSA event as saying of young male drivers: "Their concentration goes with the gags, the chat and the radio. And one of the boys is bound to say: 'Hey, Mick, this is a high-performance car. Let's see what she can do.' Two miles down the road they slam into a tree or a wall and they are all dead" (Irish Independent, April 27).

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